Cinnamon is an aromatic spice used in many culinary all over the world. Cinnamon is obtained from many trees of the same family, but Cassia is found to be of best quality. Cinnamon is called as ‘Dalchini’ in Hindi as it is used to make curries to give a subtle sweet taste like sugar. It is sweet spice among the spice group used in spicy to sweet cuisines and also very useful for good health.
Scientific Name – Cinnamomum verum
Which Part Of Tree Yields This Spice
Cinnamon is spice which is used all over the world as an ingredient in food, and as a medicine due to its medicinal properties. Cinnamon we eat is not a fruit or flower, but it is the inner bark of tree belonging to Lauraceae family of tree kingdom. There are around 250 different types of cinnamon trees found globally. But a special species known as Cassia is cultivated for the commercial purpose.
Let Us Know How Cinnamon Changes The Taste Of Our Food
The characteristic taste of cinnamon comes from a constituent known as cinnamaldehyde which gives cinnamon its taste and aroma. Cinnamon is an aromatic spice and tastes sweet when added to food.
Cinnamon oil is extracted from cinnamon sticks by distillation which is aromatic and golden yellow. Same as apple and banana, cinnamon changes color when comes in contact with oxygen due to oxidation. Cinnamon contains some quantity of eugenol which is also present in clove as one of cinnamon’s aromatic compound.
To Get The Perfect Flavor Of Cinnamon, How Should We Use It
# Sweetens Food: Cinnamon is sweet; it is used to give a sweet touch to many recipes like curry or sabji. Instead of adding sugar one can use some extra sticks of cinnamon.
# Flavors Tea And Coffee: A combination of powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom gives a nice aroma to a hot cup of tea when added while making. A pinch of cinnamon on cappuccino boosts mind for a fresh start at work.
# Baked Delicacy: Many cakes, bread, pastries, and cookies are made with a touch of cinnamon. A baked delicacy known as cinnamon rolls is very famous among food lovers.
# Aromatic Sprinkler: Cinnamon powder is sprinkled on baked potatoes, salads, fresh fruits, pudding, and sprouts to enhance its tastes and to enjoy its fragrance.
# Marination: Marinades of meat and veggies to make Biryani, Patty or Tikka is done with the used of powdered cinnamon. The whole cinnamon stick is crackled in oil used for making any dish making it delectable with its subtly sweet taste and fragrance.
# Flavours Yogurt: A pinch of cinnamon powder sprinkled on yogurt makes yogurt scent nice and fresh.
# Counters Tomato Acidity: The acidity of tomato in any recipe can be neutralized by adding cinnamon to the recipe.
# Vinery Use: A hot alcoholic beverage called mulled wine is made by using spices. Cinnamon mulled wine is a kind of such beverage made with cinnamon, cider, honey and orange juice.
# Cinnamon And Oats: Popular quick breakfast can be made tastier by adding some cinnamon powder to it.
# Spice Ingredient For Pancake: Pancakes can be made more delectable with the addition of cinnamon to the batter.
Let Us Know The Nutrition We Get From This Tree Bark Spice
Cinnamon is a reach source of vitamin K, iron and calcium also provide zinc, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and magnesium in good amount. Cinnamon consists of dietary fibers, a little storage of protein, and carbohydrates in abundance.
What Are The Health Benefits Of This Sweet Spice
Every spice makes some good effect on our body so does cinnamon which is an arcade of various vitamins and minerals. Below are some health benefits of this sweet spice
# Fights Diabetes: Cinnamon helps to reduce blood sugar level by increasing the sensitivity with insulin hormone.
# Good For Brain Health: Brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can be kept away with the use of cinnamon in the diet. Cinnamon helps to produce the essential protein for brain cells, and also improves the motor function of nerve cells.
# A Friend In Menstruation: Cinnamon is useful to restrict heavy bleeding during menses. The inflammatory property of cinnamon helps to reduce pain.
# Protects Heart Health: Cinnamon is responsible for cutting the cholesterol level in blood which is good for heart health. Cinnamon is found to reduce blood pressure maintaining normal blood pressure.
# Helps To Keep Body Unwanted Radicals Free: Cinnamon has a property to destroy body degrading free radicals. It has high anti-oxidants content comparing to any other natural anti-oxidant.
# Kills Cancer: The extract of cinnamon is found to be lethal to cancer cells. It restricts the growth of growing cancer cells, helps to produce blood vessels in tumors.
# Soothing Spice: Cinnamon has a quality to sooth the cells when they get damaged by any infection. The anti-oxidants in cinnamon have the capacity of anti-inflammation.
Let Us Know About The History Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon was a precious spice in the ancient world; it was so precious that it was considered as a gifting material to kings and deity. Traders at that time tried to keep hiding the source countries to maintain the monopoly in cinnamon trade.
The evidence is found in Egypt that it was traded to this country of mummies and was used for embalming mummies. India, China, and Shri Lanka are the native and original countries to grow and cultivate cinnamon in the ancient era.
How Does Cinnamon Tree Grow & Where Does This Tree Yield Largely
The cinnamon tree requires sandy soil which is rich in humus. Sandy soil has good drainage property which is required for the growth of the cinnamon tree. Red loam soil without any rocks is also considered as good soil for cinnamon plat. The climate should be warm and humid with a medium rainfall; prolonged dryness in air damages the growth of the cinnamon tree.
Such climate and soil are found in the coastal areas, so these trees are found to be cultivated on the west coast of India and Iceland countries like Indonesia, Shri Lanka. Also, China and Vietnam produce cinnamon in large scale.