The sweet, warm taste of cinnamon is a perfect spice to use during the winter months. In fact, many call it the most indispensable warm up spice because of its deep aroma and strong taste.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It is mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring, as medicine, and interestingly enough as an embalming agent. At one time cinnamon was so highly treasured that people considered it more precious than gold.
Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. Its medicinal attributes are numerous. It is an excellent source of manganese and fiber, as well as calcium. The active components of cinnamon are known to have antioxidants (the highest reportedly in all food sources in nature) in addition to anti-flatulent properties. Its pungent taste and scent is due to several chemical compounds and health benefiting essential oil, eugenol.
Cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, and available in its dried tubular form known as a quill or as ground powder. This warm spice enhances the sweetness of cakes, cookies, homemade smoothies, and highlights chocolate or berry desserts. Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day and include this versatile spice with its enticing aroma and taste for your special meal.
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