WHAT IS CEYLON CINNAMON
FORMS OF CEYLON CINNAMON
ORIGINS OF CEYLON CINNAMON
Even in Sri Lanka Ceylon Cinnamon is grown only in particular areas, which is in the Negombo district, south of the capital Colombo. The major cities that produce Cinnamon are the coastal cities of Galle, Matara, Rathnapura and Hambantota.The climate in these cities gives Sri Lankan Ceylon Cinnamon its unique taste and smell. And the quality of the Cinnamon harvested in this particular region is extremely high.
While a small amount of Ceylon Cinnamon is grown elsewhere particularly Madagascar, the taste and smell of Ceylon Cinnamon grown in other countries is different. Just like Tea, True Ceylon Cinnamon needs a particular climate which was probably why it was native only to Sri Lanka.
TASTE OF CEYLON CINNAMON
THE AROMA OF CEYLON CINNAMON
|Country||Total export Tons||Value in RS ml||
Share from total export (%)
Mexico is the leading importer Ceylon Cinnamon. This is why it is often called Mexican Cinnamon or Canela. Many other latin countries also import a significant amount of Ceylon Cinnamon. This is because many South American countries inherited the tradition of using Ceylon Cinnamon in their cooking from Spain.
HOW IS CEYLON CINNAMON MADE
|GRADES OF CEYLON CINNAMON|
|Alba||This is a very slim Ceylon Cinnamon stick with a blemish free beautiful shape . Has an ultra refinied taste and aroma Max Diameter - 6mm, Number Quills per kg - 45, Max Foxing 10%|
Slim, tightly packed layers with a deep rich color with a few surface blemishes and sweeter tasting. Max Diameter - 10mm, Number Quills per kg - 30, Max Foxing 10%
|C5||Slightly thicker and slightly less tightly packed than C5 special, a deep rich color with a few surface blemishes.
Max Diameter - 12mm, Number Quills per kg - 27, Max Foxing 15%
|C4||A medium quality Ceylon Cinnamon stick, still slightly yellow.. Max Diameter - 16mm, Number Quills per kg - 22, Max Foxing 15%|
|M5 Special||Has more surface blemishes, brown in color. Max Diameter - 16mm, Number Quills per kg - 22, Max Foxing 60%|
|M5||Rough appearance and brown in color. Max Diameter - 18mm, Number Quills per kg - 20 Max Foxing 60%|
|H1||Made from the rough Cinnamon Bark. Max Diameter - 23mm, Number Quills per kg - 10, Max Foxing 25%|
|H2 Special||Rough in appearance and brown in color. Max Diameter - 25mm, Number Quills per kg - 9, Max Foxing 40%|
|H2||Golden yellow cinnamon sticks. Max Diameter - 32mm, Number Quills per kg - 7, Max Foxing 55%|
|H3||Rough in appearance and brown in color. Max Diameter - 38mm, Number Quills per kg - 6, Max Foxing 65%|
|Source - Sri Lanka Spice Council SLS-81 standard (PDF)|
Ceylon Cinnamon tends be fragile and very delicate and very easy to break into small pieces to get its maxiumum benefits. Cassia Cinnamon by contrast is made up of one thick hard bark rolled into a cylinder like shape. At first both type of Cinnamon look similar, but lok closer and you will how hard the Cassia cinnamon sticks are.
COUMARIN CONTENT OF CEYLON CINNAMON
One of the most important characteristic of Ceylon Cinnamon is its ultra low Coumarin content (0,04%), a substance known to cause liver damage. Cassia Cinnamon by contrast has 4% Coumarin. The German and European government for example severely restrict Coumarin content. For more information on Coumarin from the German BfR click here . We also did a blog post in Coumarin in Cassia Cinnamon which you can read here.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF CINNAMON
The FDA has not approved Cinnamon to cure any medical condition. This information is presented for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any Cinnamon. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a heart condition you should definitely not take Cinnamon.