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Cinnamon is derived from a tree, we know it as a household spice for foods and baked goods.
Below you will find wonderful Cinnamon Tree Facts, including information about the cinnamon tree species, planting information, and much more.
A cinnamon tree has to be about two years old before the shoots of the cinnamon tree are harvested.
Cinnamon oils are used in cinnamon supplements and scented bath products.
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Cinnamon Scientific Name: Cinnamomum Zeylanicum
Information on cinnamon trees.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. Cinnamon trees are native to South East Asia, and its origin was mysterious in Europe until the sixteenth century
Cinnamon has been known from remote antiquity. It was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 BCE, but those who report that it had come from China confuse it with cassia. The Hebrew Bible makes specific mention of the spice many times: first when Moses is commanded to use both sweet cinnamon and cassia in the holy anointing oil; in Proverbs where the lover's bed is perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon; and in Song of Solomon, a song describing the beauty of his beloved, cinnamon scents her garments like the smell of Lebanon. Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for two years then coppicing it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots.
The branches harvested this way are processed by scraping off the outer bark, then beating the branch evenly with a hammer to loosen the inner bark. The inner bark is then prised out in long rolls. Only the thin (0.5 mm (0.020 in)) inner bark is used; the outer, woody portion is discarded, leaving metre-long cinnamon strips that curl into rolls ("quills") on drying. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) lengths for sale.
The bark must be processed immediately after harvesting while still wet. Once processed, the bark will dry completely in four to six hours, provided that it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment. A less than ideal drying environment encourages the proliferation of pests in the bark, which may then require treatment by fumigation. Bark treated this way is not considered to be of the same premium quality as untreated bark.
Its flavor is due to an aromatic essential oil that makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition. This oil is prepared by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole. It is of a golden-yellow color, with the characteristic odor of cinnamon and a very hot aromatic taste.
Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. It is used in the preparation of chocolate, especially in Mexico, which is the main importer of true cinnamon. It is also used in many desserts recipes, such as apple pie, donuts, and cinnamon buns as well as spicy candies, tea, hot cocoa, and liqueurs. True cinnamon, rather than cassia, is more suitable for use in sweet dishes. In the Middle East, it is often used in savory dishes of chicken and lamb. In the United States, cinnamon and sugar are often used to flavor cereals, bread-based dishes, and fruits, especially apples; a cinnamon-sugar mixture is even sold separately for such purposes.
In medicine it acts like other volatile oils and once had a reputation as a cure for colds. It has also been used to treat diarrhea and other problems of the digestive system. Cinnamon is high in antioxidant activity. The essential oil of cinnamon also has antimicrobial properties, which can aid in the preservation of certain foods.
Feature Cinnamon Species: Cinnamon zeylanicum
The cinnamon tree is indigenous to Ceylon and India. Leaves are arranged in pairs on a central stem. The bark is reddish brown and smooth. The tree produces small, fragrant panicles of white flowers in October. Prefers deep, rich well drained soil.
Type of Tree:
The Cinnamon zeylanicum falls into the following type(s): Evergreen Trees, Ornamental Trees
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. The trees are small only growing to 20 - 30'
Young leaves are reddish in appearance maturing to deep green color. They are oval in shape with a pointed tip. Leaves are aromatic.
Heavenly smelling white flowers
The fruit of the Cinnamon zeylanicum is a large berry containing one seed which ripens between May and June.
Additional Information: Cinnamon zeylanicum
In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in embalming oils. Cinnamon was used as a medicinal plant by the Greeks and Romans. The calyx as well as the bark is used to flavor cakes, sweets, curry powder, incense and perfumes.
Cinnamon Tree Trivia
Cinnamon bark is a common ingredient in many products such as toothpaste, cough syrup, nasal sprays, mouthwash, perfume, soap, lipstick, chewing gum, and cola drinks.
When cinnamon is dried, it naturally curls up into "quills".
The fruit of the cinnamon tree is called a drupe, it is about half an inch in length and purple in color with one seed in the middle.
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