Cinnamon has been used all around the world since ancient times for both its warm spiced flavour, and its medicinal qualities.
Is a natural food preservative - anti fungal and antimicrobial properties
Stomach upset – flatulence, diarrhoea, cramps, & nausea
May reduce blood sugar levels
May reduce blood triglycerides and cholesterol
Avoid excessive consumption if pregnant, you have a cinnamon allergy or with ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract.
When can you use it in the kitchen?
Found on the bark of trees from the Cinnamomum species. The flavour is sweet, warm and woody.
In the kitchen cinnamon is a very versatile spice, it works well in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cinnamon can be purchased as quills or powdered, generally the ground cinnamon works better with sweet foods, and the quills with savoury but this rule is not set in stone.
Warm milk and cinnamon
Hot chocolate with cinnamon
Smoothies and juices
Can be sprinkled over most cereal based breakfasts (porridge, granola, chia pudding, bircher muesli,)
Added to the egg mixture for French toast
Sprinkled onto pancakes
Stews and braises
Puddings and cakes
Muffins and biscuits