Cinnamon is a spice used in both medicine and cooking. It is extracted from the Cinnamomum tree family and is made from drying the inner bark. However, ‘True’ cinnamon is considered to be from the Cinnamomum verum tree which is native to Sri Lanka.
- In Ancient Egypt it was deemed so valuable it was reserved as the gift for kings.
- Cinnamon has a distinguished flavour and is very versatile.
- Typically it is used in curries in Asia and baking in the western world and is often considered a Christmas spice and is used as a traditional tree decoration.
Health benefits include:
- it is proven to reduce heart disease as it is anti-inflammatory and aids blood circulation
- it contains antioxidants, these reduce free radicals and assist with cell repair
- it reduces insulin resistance therefore regulating blood sugar levels and increasing glucose uptake
- it has both antifungal and antibacterial properties
Cinnamon cooking ideas:
- you could sprinkle on yoghurt or over fruit such as apple for a healthy snack
- cinnamon works well with as a dish with banana, peanut butter and honey as a breakfast dish either on toast or a crumpet (this was my go to breakfast for a good 4 years…its so yummy!)
- you could add it to a curry for more depth of flavour
- add it to muffins or cakes. (It is particularly nice to add it to banana bread and crumbles) for an easy banana bread recipe click here