The word cinnamon comes from the Latin word canella, which means stick. Cinnamon, one of the best known and most seductive spices, originates from Ceylon; present-day Sri Lanka.
Cinnamon is the dried and rolled inner bark of the cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum). The rest of the bark is ground into the well-known cinnamon powder.
Cinnamon has a fragrant, slightly spicey and sweet taste.
There are two types of cinnamon. In addition to the more expensive and qualitatively better Ceylon Cinnamon, there is another variant: the Cassia Cinnamon. Cassia tastes a bit more burnt and sweeter than Ceylon Cinnamon, and has a stronger and sharper flavour. The latter type is most commonly used in cooking.
Flavour descriptors: cinnamon spicy sweet aromatic aldehydic honey cinnamyl woody resinous.
The oily part of cinnamon is full of cinnamaldehyde. That gives the delicate aroma and flavor to cinnamon. Cinnamon also contains eugenol and coumarin.
Odor descriptors: cinnamon sweet spicy aldehydic aromatic cinnamyl woody resinous honey gourmand powdery.
It is used as spice in many dishes worldwide. Only add cinnamon after preparing your dish, as cinnamon can become bitter if it boils for too long.
Cinnamon is also known for its medicinal properties.
Cinnamon is a perfect partner to other spices and pairs with nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, sugar, and often vanilla to create many of the traditional dishes for celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Ramadan and the Sacrificial feast. Cinnamon tastes great in;
- Bakery, like cinnamon rolls, apple pie and cookies
- Beverages, like coffee, tea, chai latte and syrups
- Confectionary & chocolates
- Desserts & ice cream
- Meat, like in meatballs and shawarma made from Lamb
- Sports nutrition, like flavour drops
- Snacks, like popcorn, nuts, potato chips and toasted bread rolls
Try nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount) if you do not have cinnamon sticks or powder around.
- The energy value of a teaspoon of cinnamon is about 15 kcal
- Cinnamon contains important vitamins, including vitamins A, C, B2 and B6. It is also a source of important minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron
- Cinnamon is packed with polyphenols; antioxidants
- Cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory effect
- Cinnamon helps to prevent cardiovascular disease
- Cinnamon helps against bad breath
- Cinnamon contains coumarin and taking high doses of coumarin regularly can cause liver damage and inhibit blood clotting. Therefore, excessive use of cinnamon is not recommended. 1 teaspoon a day is more than enough
Fromatech´s Cinnamon Flavours
- Cinnamon Flavour for Bakery, Beverages, Confectionary & Chocolate, Desserts & Ice cream, Meat and Sports nutrition
- Pumpkin Spice Flavour is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg which is is great to use in Bakery products and Beverages
- Cinnamon & Sugar Flavour Compound for Snacks
- Baharat Flavour Compound is a combination of cinnamon, paprika, pepper, cilantro, cumin, cloves and cardamom which is a great Mid Eastern seasoning for Snacks
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