Ceylon Cinnamon sticksCeylon Cinnamon is considered the best quality cinnamon and apart from light brown color, thin pleasant aroma and intense sweet taste, it has digestive properties and relieves cold and rheumatism. The essential oil is strong antimicrobial and helps toothache, its vapors when inhaled in upper respiratory infections. Cinnamon Ceylon differs from Indonesian cinnamon (Cassia cinnamom).
Ceylon cinnamon is light, has thinner layers folded inside, and contains much lower levels of coumarin, so it has a smoother taste.
Known spice from biblical times, it was one of the ingredients of the holy ointment of Moses. The Egyptians used it in mummification, while traders kept its origin secret to have the monopoly. Considered a luxury spice and navigators of the time you were excited by the aroma was always in search of it. Later on the Portuguese and the Dutch exploited their colonies in these areas, took over the spice trade and made accessible in Europe.
In cooking it is one of the most common spices suitable for spicy dishes and sweet dishes. It gives flavor to grilled meat dishes in the pot, as in many sweets or oven. With cinnamon also gave aroma and taste to wine, hot drinks, alcoholic or not, even refreshing drinks.
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