What is Ceylon Cinnamon? in other words “True Cinnamon”
August 25, 2018
Cinnamon is an ancient spice obtained from inner bark of trees known as Cinnamomum.These trees have a thick brown bark and tiny yellow flowers, and the leaves of these trees have a spicy aroma. The height of these trees range from nearly 20 to 60 feet, and these trees are typically found in tropical forests and in tropical regions such as West Indies and Philippines.
Some studies prove that during the 200BC cinnamon was used to embalm mummies in Egypt. Cinnamon is used as a flavoring additive and as an Aromatic Condiment in preparing snack foods, savory dishes, cereals, traditional foods and tea. The word “Cinnamon” is mostly used to describe its color of mid brown.
Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Vs Cinnamomum Cassia
There are two categories of cinnamon “Cinnamomum Zeylanicum” and “Cinnamomum Cassia” in other words “True Cinnamon” and “False Cinnamon”. Cinnamomum is an evergreen tree and the shrubs of the tree belongs to the laurel family, Lauraceae. Cinnamomum contains aromatic oil in their barks and leaves.
Cinnamomum Zeylanicum in other words true cinnamon is mostly native to Southern India and Ceylon, whereas Cinnamomum Cassia is native to Southeast Asia and Eastern Himalayan.
Cinnamon was a highly priced spicein the past among nations. When it comes to the cultivation part of this highly priced spice, the leaves and the bark are the primary parts of the plant used for harvesting. This spice is cultivated after growing the tree for approximately two years, after that it is necessary to cut it at ground level.
Then while the inner bark is wet,stems must be processed instantly after harvesting. Cinnamon is also referred to as a pleasingindoor container plant. It’s experimentally proved that Cinnamon can be grown indoor from 4 to 5 feet and outdoors ranging from 20 to 30 feet. This tree contains long oval shaped leaves nearly 7 inches long. The initial harvesting of this spice is done from branches that are as a minimum 2 years old.
Even though the Cinnamon is a fast growing tree it needs space to recline. So it is essential to plant it in rows by keeping a distance of 10 feet between each.Cinnamon trees can also be grown in pots if the pots are adequate for the roots to grow and develop. It is necessary to choose a pot nearly 20 inches in height and 16 to 24 inches in diameter, and its mandatory to have drain holes.
Ceylon cinnamon has a unique smell and a light brown color. This category of cinnamon is expensive and rare compared to other categories. Based on the diameter of the quill, there are different grades of Ceylon Cinnamon namely Alba, Continental, Mexican and Hamburg. Apart from the main types of cinnamon there are more than hundreds of wild cinnamon from all around the world.