(Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamomum verum)
Cinnamon – Ingl., Zimt – Ted., Cannelle, écorce – Fr, Canela – Sp., Корица - Russ.
Queen cinnamon belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is cultivated in Sri Lanka, Java, Sumatra, Seychelles, Vietnam, Madagascar, Brazil and Jamaica. The tree is evergreen, with tough leaves, with small yellowish-white flowers. When the branches reach 2 mt. they are cut and then defoliated to remove bark. This is scratched out the outer cork and then handrolled to form long cylinders, then dried and cut to the desired measures.
Cinnamon sticks and powder queen (C4 25 cm, 8 cm, 5 cm, 2 cm), ground, granules quillings. Origin Sri Lanka and Madagascar.
Tannins, sugars, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C.
The essential oil of cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol acetate, pinene, cymene fellandrenem and other components.
Cinnamon is mainly used in baking recipes for the preparation of sweets such as biscuits, fruit cakes, chocolate, cream. It gives flavor to many meat dishes and sauces, especially in Asian cuisine. It is one of the ingredients of curry and some mixtures of meat, used for the preparation of sausages. Cinnamon is an ingredient of many drinks: sangria, mulled wine, punch and various liqueurs. Cinnamon, curry and coriander should never be missing for those who love to eat spicy food.
Cinnamon is stimulant for the nervous system, and causes slight increase in heartbeat and respiratory rate.
It has a positive, astringent, tonic effect on the gastrointestinal tract, and helps the absorption of intestinal gas. It ‘s an excellent natural remedy for digestion, increases appetite,soothes menstrual cramps, reduces pain and helps relieve abdominal pains provoked by food intolerances.
It has antifungal activity, bacteriostatic and antiviral.
The decoction of cinnamon is used to relieve colds.
Cinnamon should be kept protected from light in ventilated, and dry premises.