However, in researching this article, I discovered there are really two types of cinnamon.
- Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum) is native to Sri Lanka. It’s called “ True Cinnamon.” It has a sweet and complex taste. This is not the spice typically sold in the U.S.
- Cassia Cinnamon (Cassia) is a related, less expensive spice. It’s native to Burma and also grown in China and Vietnam. Cassia has a stronger, more pungent flavor. You’ll find cassia called Chinese cinnamon,Vietnamese cinnamon, Java cinnamon or Padang cinnamon.
When buying cinnamon, another important consideration is the level of courmarin. Courmarin is a naturally occurring compound that can be toxic in high doses. Courmarin affects the liver. The level of courmarin in the cassia type of cinnamon is usually higher than the level found in Ceylon cinnamon.
While both types of cinnamon are obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees, Ceylon cinnamon is considered more prized. Because of the low to negligible courmarin levels, it’s also safer. Finally, when articles discuss the health benefits of cinnamon, they’re often referring to Ceylon or True Cinnamon.
In this article, Aylin discusses 20 unusual ways to use cinnamon. Many of these uses are health-related. For example, in East Asia and Europe, cinnamon is used as a warming herb to treat a cold or the flu. For this use, cinnamon is often combined with ginger. Aylin also shares a brilliant way to diffuse a few drops of cinnamon Essential oil. It’s really an interesting article that you can read by visiting the 20 Unusual Ways to Use Cinnamon link below.
Also, you can find quality Ceylon cinnamon here.