A fragrant aroma and distinctive taste that makes cinnamon is used as a complement to the cake or the drinks. In addition to fragrant and sweet, cinnamon also has the advantage of addressing grievances felt by the body’s health. Let’s get acquainted with these sweet spices.
Cinnamon comes from the Greek word meaning sweet wood. This plant is widely grown in Java. Included in the family Laureceae, cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or scientific name), a tree has a maximum height of 9 meters with bark smooth gray. Spear-shaped leaves with a length of about 20 cm and width 5 cm. The leaves are green on top and white on the bottom. Small flowering with white or yellowish forming clusters.
Part of the cinnamon tree is used in the wood a darker-colored due to the inside of the fragrant smell of the skin while the outer part is not smelling good. The inside of the bark will be dried in the sun. The result, the bark will form a coil which is then cut into 5-8 cm long stalks of small or ground into powder form. This is the usual form as we find and used as fragrances and flavor enhancer in foods, beverages or used as aromatherapy and perfume materials.
How to eat Cinnamon
Some ways of presenting cinnamon as lovers of food and beverages, among others:
Use cinnamon sticks as stirrers on the small size hot beverages such as chocolate, hot milk or cereal beverage
Along with the tea brewed.
Combine cinnamon powder in a cake or add small pieces of cinnamon to decorate your cake.
Used as a spice in cuisines such as memmbuat rice, pasta, meat or vegetables.
Benefits of Cinnamon
In addition to the fragrance and flavor enhancer in foods and beverages, cinnamon or cinnamon has some of the properties to alleviate health problems because cinnamon contains manganese, iron and calcium. The benefits to health complaints, among others to lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve memory, relieve muscle and joint pain, gum and teeth problems, ulcers, relieve headaches, migraines, sore throat overcome, alleviate stomach problems and cramps during menstruation as well as eliminating the problem of bad breath.
You can drink the decoction of grated cinnamon to try to address the health problems that you experience when you do not mix with food or drink. For the problem of sore throat, mouth sores or bad breath, simply by rinsing with boiling water with a ratio of ½ teaspoon cinnamon with 1 cup of water.
For longer storage, cinnamon in powder form is more appropriate because it can be stored for 6 months, while cinnamon sticks for cinnamon is in powder form. Keep timber in a cool, sweet, dry and dark.