Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that can be used in both sweet and savory foods. Cinnamon trees are native to South East Asia, and its origin was in Europe until the sixteenth century. Its botanical name derives from the Hebraic and Arabic term “amomon”, meaning fragrant spice plant.
Good for health
Cinnamon is rich in manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It offers many health benefits; it may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and a study by the USDA shows it reduces the proliferation of certain types of cancer cells. Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
Easy to store
Store powder or sticks in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It is better to buy small quantities of ground cinnamon because it quickly looses flavor and aroma.
Cinnamon is well-known as a prime ingredient in many sweets and baked dishes, but it is also good for marinades, meats, poultry, and fish. Sometimes cinnamon is added as a flavoring to chocolate. Most exclusive liqueurs contain cinnamon. Cinnamon oil is used in cosmetics and drugs.
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