Identification

Ceylon Cinnamon is known as true cinnamon, Sri Lankan cinnamon, Original Cinnamon, Real Cinnamon, Canelaand Mexican Cinnamon. Botanical name of the Ceylon Cinnamon is Cinnamomum Zeylanicum or Cinnamomum Verum. Ceylon Cinnamon is native to the Sri Lanka and has very long and interesting history. Cinnamon is considered as one of the oldest spice in human history and highly valued by ancient Egyptians and has been used by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine practitioners in Asia for thousands of years. It was used for help heal everything from depression to weight gain and provided relief for people for centuries.

Cinnamon has been tied to protection and prosperity and said to have been part of a mixture of oil used by grave robbing bandits to protect themselves during the plague in the 15 century. Traditionally, cinnamon is associated with the ability to attract wealth and those who lucky enough to have cinnamon during ancient Egyptian times, considered as wealthy man. During that era, value of cinnamon known to have been equivalent to gold.

European countries and South America are the main consumers, and it’s also used widely in some parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is sweet and mild in taste and light in color besides being more expensive than its peers. It is also preferred over other varieties by health observers and many conventional doctors. The reason is low levels of coumarin since a high-level is harmful to the liver.

Physical characters

Ceylon cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka, an ever green tree growing up to 3m high, with strong branches and thick scabrous bark with young shoots speckled green-orange. It has shiny green, leathery leaves, small white flowers and oval bluish-white berries. The leaves have a spicy smell when bruised.Even in Sri Lanka, high quality Ceylon Cinnamon only grows in the South West corner of the Island due to some very unique soil and weather conditions. It is for this reason as well as its unique properties that Ceylon Cinnamon is often called " true Cinnamon " or original Cinnamon.

Cinnamon sticks are made from the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree by highly specialized skilled workers via a special hand crafted process. The specialized knowledge for this work is extremely limited even in its native Sri Lanka but the end result is the finest Cinnamon in the World and 90% of the World's Ceylon Cinnamon still comes from Sri Lanka. Ceylon Cinnamon sticks are soft, rolled like cigar with many thin layers of cinnamon bark and flake easily for grinding into fine cinnamon powder.

Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks are crumbly, mild, yet slightly sweeter with hints of cloves and Citrus. Ceylon Cinnamon sticks smells mild but has better depth of flavor and mixes well to create to complex flavors.

Cinnamon tree produces three different essential oils from different parts of the plant in addition to the Cinnamon Sticks, with different compositions. The valuable bark contains cinnamic aldehyde whereas the leaf contains eugenol and the root has camphor as its main component.

 

Physical characters   

 

Colour

Lighter Brown

Outer appearance

Thin and soft

Inner filling

Many thin layers and rolled like a cigar

Aroma

Delicate

Taste

Sweet and Smooth taste  with a hint of citrus

Country of Origin

Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Other Names

Original or True Cinnamon

Coumarin

0.004%

Species

CinnamomumVerum or CinnamomumZeylanicum

Nutrition values (DV%)

Manganese 73%

Dietary Fiber 13.5%

Calcium 8%

Iron 4%

Vitamin K 3%

Nutrition values (DV %) of 8g (About 2 Cinnamon Sticks) Source : USDA- National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference release DV% based on dietary reference index)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life changing Health benefits of ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon primarily contributes to better overall health of the consumer. It is a spice which is high in antioxidants which slow down the aging process. The researchers have found more than forty compounds which are good for health in Ceylon cinnamon. The antioxidants found in it are mainly polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids. These compounds fight with aging causing oxidants.

Protects Heart

It reduces several most common risk factors for heart disease. They include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The compounds in it reduce the levels of cholesterol that is “bad” and stabilizes the levels of cholesterol that is “good.” It also acts as a blood coagulant, which prevents bleeding and helps the body to form clots.

Anti-Diabetic Effect

It helps in lowering the levels of blood sugar and also helps regulate insulin levels. It plays an important part in blocking alanine. It is the enzyme which is responsible for glucose absorption in the blood. When this enzyme is blocked, it decreases the amount of glucose that enters the blood.

Thus people affected with Type-2 diabetes can benefit from consumption of cinnamon half an hour before meals. It is also good for them as it helps in fighting cholesterol levels and reduces heart risks.

Reduces Cancer Risk

Thanks to cinnamaldehyde, it is capable of inhibiting the cancer tumor growth and protects DNA from getting damaged. Because of its antioxidant abilities, it can be seen as nature’s gift against cancer.

Protects Against Viruses and Infections

It has proven results in fighting fungal, bacterial, and viral elements in food. Especially, the cinnamon bark oils have protective abilities against bacteria that can harm the digestive tract.

Uses of Ceylon cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common spice used in every kitchen across the globe. It’s unlikely to have not heard about the delicious flavor of cinnamon. Cinnamon can add to tea, coffee, sprinkle on fruit (especially Apple, citrus orange, tangerines and watermelon, make fruit smoothies, specialty cocktails) pancakes, French toast, cinnamon rolls, etc.It is perfect for making Cinnamon stick tea, infuse in soups and stews to add into curries or flavor rice or custards.

High quality Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil is often used to neutralize terrible lingering odors very fast (toilets, kitchens) without toxic chemicals while creating a pleasant exotic scent. Often used for topical applications it is also very good to wipe down your house plants or use in damp toilets. Used in massage oils for its very high warming effects, Ceylon Cinnamon leaf oil also makes a powerful Ant and Raccoon repellent due to the powerful smell which is pleasant for people but not to insects and animals.

Nutrients of Ceylon cinnamon

NUTRIENT INFORMATION per 8g
(About 2 Cinnamon Sticks)

Principle

Nutrient Value

Dietary Reference Index (RDI)

Daily Value (%)

Energy

19.76 Kcal

 

 

Carbohydrates

6.45 g

111.7 g

5.77%

Protein

0.32g

4.05 g

0.79%

Total Fat

0.10 g

31 g

0.32%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

0%

Dietary Fiber

4.2 g

31 g

13.5%

Vitamins

Folate DFE

0 µg

N/A

0%

Niacin

0.107 mg

11.1 mg

0.97%

Riboflavin

0.003 mg

1 mg

0.3%

Thiamin

0.002 mg

1 mg

0.2%

Vitamin A, µg

1 µg

520 µg

0.19%%

Vitamin C

0.3 mg

58 mg

0.51%

Vitamin E

0.19 mg

11 mg

1.72%

Vitamin K

2.5 µg

67.56 µg

3.7%

Electrolytes

Sodium, Na

0.8 mg

 

 

Potassium

34 mg

 

 

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

80 mg

1000 mg

8%

Iron, Fe

0.67 mg

5 mg

10.63%

Magnesium

5 mg

275 mg

1.81%

Manganese

1.39 mg

1.88 mg

73.93%

Phosphorus

5 mg

71 mh

0.70%

Zinc

0.15 mg

8 mg

1.87%

Lipids

Fatty Acids, total saturated

0.028 g

 

 

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.020 g

 

 

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.005 g

 

 

Cholesterol

0 g

 

 

Other

Caffeine

0 g

 

 

Source : USDA, National Institutes of Health