Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Cinnamon. A wonderful gift from nature.
Visually soft and warm toned, cinnamon is one of those ingredients that is easily forgotten, but in fact, quite powerful. "Cinnamon spice comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, which is native to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Today, cinnamon is grown in many tropical areas, including Java, Burma, Borneo and throughout South America. Most spices sold today as cinnamon are actually a mix of cinnamon and cassia, a relative of cinnamon that offers a stronger flavor more suitable for today's palate." (quote link) There is quite an in-depth history regarding cinnamon that many people may not know about...
And in fact, several studies suggest that cinnamon may help in regulating blood sugar levels amongst other things. In a study at Copenhagen University, "patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium." (quote link) Beyond adding a bit to your coffee or porridge, here are a few delicious recipes to help you work a pinch more cinnamon into your life: Tea / Cinnamon Pear Crostata with Almond Oat Crust / Mexican Chocolate and Almond Ice Cream / Caramelized Apple Cinnamon Cake
images: 01 / 02, 03, 07 Victoria magazine, sept. '01, by François Deconinc / 04, 06 / 05 Hermès / 08