My Truths #66 (true cinnamon)
If you want the best then organic “true” cinnamon is what you want. If you live in North America or Europe that jar of cinnamon in your cupboard is probably not truly cinnamon at all, but a very similar spice known as cassia. True cinnamon might be labeled “Ceylon cinnamon” or “true cinnamon” and comes principally from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. Cassia, on the other hand, comes principally from Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea and is often passed off as cinnamon.True cinnamon is sweeter and lends itself better to baking. Cassia is a bolder spice and more suited for savory cooking.
It is believed that cinnamon imparts the following health benefit:
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Lowers cholesterol
- Supports healthy blood clotting
- Fights bacteria and fungus
- Boosts memory and protects the brain.
- Improves digestion
Note: When buying the sticks, known as “quills,” keep in mind that, generally, cassia will be thicker and the two ends will be rolled toward each other rather than being rolled in one direction only and have layers.
The “true cinnamon” is on the right