Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an important tree spice grown in different parts of India. The spice consists of dried pieces of the inner bark of the branches of the tree of Lauraceae family. The Botanical name of Cinnamon is Cinnamomum zeylanicun Blume. Harvest Season of Cinnamon is from June to December. Cinnamon bark primarily is one of the most popular spices in use in every home. It has a delicate aroma and a warm taste. It is extensively used as a spice or condiment in the form of small pieces or powder.

Buying Tips:

  1. Cinnamon is available in two forms a) strips of bark rolled one in another and b) powdered form. To purchase the spice consider the following points:
  2. Prefer the rolls of bark strips over the powdered form. The strips should be light colored.
  3. It has an intense but sweet smell.
  4. Avoid broken and discolored cinnamon strips.
  5. If purchasing powdered form ensure that it’s packaging is protective against air and light.

Storage

  1. Store in a cool, dry place.
  2. The container should be airtight and dark colored or opaque.
  3. Protect from heat, light, air and moisture.

Culinary uses:

  1. Cinnamon is an important ingredient of many spice mixes such as Indian ‘Garam Masala’, Chinese 5 spice powder and pickling spices.
  2. It is an essential ingredient in Indian curries.
  3. It is used for flavoring confectionery and liquors.
  4. It goes well with ‘Mughlai’ non-vegetarian preparations.
  5. It is also part of the commercial Tea mix.
  6. In curries it can be used in both strip and powdered forms.
  7. In beverages, sprinkle the powder and have a refreshing feel.
    Medicinal Uses:
    Worldwide scientific research has shown the great amount of health benefits which can be availed by consumption of cinnamon. Some such benefits are being listed below:

  1. It has LDL lowering properties.
  2. It is suggested to control blood sugar levels.
  3. It has anti-fungal and anti- bacterial properties.
  4. It has shown to retard the growth of cancerous cells.
  5. It is an anti-coagulant.
  6. Regular usage has shown to provide relief in chronic arthritis pain.
  7. It is a natural food preservative.
  8. It is reported to have positive effect on cognitive functions.
  9. It is a good mouth freshener.
  10. There are many home remedies to cure cough, cold, flatulence and indigestion.
  11. It improves complexion.
  12. It is a powerful anti-oxidant.

Dietary Facts: As cinnamon is bark of the plant it is very rich in dietary fiber. More than 50% of the carbohydrate content is in the form of crude fiber. Overall, it is a good source of minerals but it is extremely rich in calcium and a good source of potassium. It has a low content of sodium. All these properties make it a very useful spice for individuals with heart problems.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Size 100gm
Calories from Fat 10Kcal
Calories 247Kcal
Total Fat 1.24gm
Saturated Fat 0mg
Polyunsaturated Fat 0mg
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Potassium 431mg
Total Carbohydrate 80.59gm
Dietary Fiber 53.1gm
Protein 3.99gm
Vitamin C 3.8mg
Calcium 1002mg
Iron 8.32mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because it has not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Author: Editorial Team

Spice Flair Editorial Team

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