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Step into the aromatic realm of cinnamon, where history intertwines with flavor, and every sprinkle adds a dash of warmth to our culinary experiences. As one of the oldest and most beloved spices, cinnamon holds a special place in both the kitchen and the annals of human history. Join us as we delve into the background, explore its diverse flavor profiles, and uncover some fascinating fun facts about this beloved spice.


Background

Cinnamon's story dates back thousands of years, with its origins rooted in ancient civilizations such as Egypt, China, and India. Extracted from the inner bark of trees belonging to the genus Cinnamomum, cinnamon was highly prized for its aromatic fragrance, medicinal properties, and culinary versatility.

Early civilizations revered cinnamon for its perceived health benefits, using it in remedies for various ailments ranging from digestive issues to respiratory problems. Its exotic allure led to its inclusion in religious rituals, embalming practices, and even as a form of currency in some societies.


Flavor Profile

One of the most alluring aspects of cinnamon is its rich and complex flavor profile, which varies depending on the type of cinnamon and its source. The two most common varieties of cinnamon are Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) and Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum).

Cassia cinnamon, also known as Chinese cinnamon, is characterized by its bold, spicy-sweet flavor with hints of heat and bitterness. It is the more readily available and affordable type of cinnamon, often used in baking, cooking, and as a flavoring agent in beverages.

On the other hand, Ceylon cinnamon, often referred to as "true" cinnamon, boasts a more delicate and nuanced flavor profile. It is prized for its mild sweetness, floral notes, and subtle citrus undertones. Ceylon cinnamon is commonly used in gourmet cooking, particularly in dishes where its delicate flavor can shine, such as desserts, pastries, and specialty beverages.

Somethin' Somethin' Sauce, Somethin' To Taco Bout and Somethin' For Autumn all contain cinnamon!


Fun Facts

  • Cinnamon was so highly prized in ancient times that it was considered a gift fit for monarchs and deities. It was among the gifts presented to kings and pharaohs, and it played a prominent role in religious ceremonies and offerings.
  • The demand for cinnamon played a significant role in shaping world history, leading to exploration, trade wars, and the discovery of new territories. European powers sought to control the spice trade routes, which ultimately fueled the Age of Exploration.
  • In addition to its culinary uses, cinnamon has a long history of medicinal use. It was believed to have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, and it was used to treat everything from sore throats to arthritis.
  • Cinnamon has inspired countless myths, legends, and cultural traditions around the world. In many cultures, it is associated with warmth, prosperity, and festive celebrations, making it a cherished ingredient in holiday dishes and beverages.
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