What is Ceylon Cinnamon?
Ceylon cinnamon, also known as ‘true cinnamon’, is a type of cinnamon that is native to Sri Lanka. It is made up of many individual and tightly curled quills that combine to form a stick. Ceylon cinnamon is sweeter and more delicate in flavour than the more common cassia cinnamon. This cinnamon has a subtle, floral aroma and warm, slightly sweet and spicy flavour.
Where is Ceylon Cinnamon Generally Used?
Ceylon cinnamon is commonly used in sweet dishes, such as custards, cakes, pies, and desserts. It can also be used in savoury dishes such as curries, stews, rice dishes, and marinades. It is a popular flavouring in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and mulled wine.
Where is Ceylon Cinnamon Found?
Ceylon cinnamon is widely available in health food stores, grocery stores, and online. It is sold as whole sticks or as a ground powder.
What are the Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon?
Ceylon cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and is thought to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and digestive health benefits. It is also believed to have antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties.
Interesting Facts about Ceylon Cinnamon:
- The ancient Egyptians used Ceylon cinnamon as part of their embalming process.
- Ceylon cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde which is responsible for its unique flavour and aroma.
- Ceylon cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.
List of Other Similar Ingredients:
- Cassia cinnamon
- Korintje cinnamon
- Saigon cinnamon
- Chinese cassia cinnamon
- Indonesian cassia cinnamon
- Vietnamese cassia cinnamon