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WHAT is it? <ul><li>Indigenous to Sri Lanka, cinnamon, a bushy evergreen tree, now thrives in South America and the West Indies. To harvest the spice, collectors strip the bark form branches of trees no more than three years old . </li></ul><ul><li>Cinnamon is the dried inner bark of various evergreen trees belonging to the genus Cinnamomum . </li></ul><ul><li>At harvest, the bark is stripped off and put in the sun, where it curls into the familiar form called quills. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to cinnamon (and sold as cinnamon in many places, including the US), is cassia, which has a somewhat coarser flavor than true cinnamon. </li></ul>
Pictures Cherry laurel Tree Cinnamon bark before its dried
So much history! <ul><li>Cinnamon was one of the first known spices. The Romans believed Cinnamon's fragrance sacred and burned it at funerals. Because Cinnamon was one of the first spices sought in the 15th Century European explorations, some say it indirectly led to the discovery of America. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt for embalming. </li></ul><ul><li>In ancient times, Cinnamon was added to food to prevent spoiling. </li></ul><ul><li>During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in cinnamon & cloves and placed in sick rooms. </li></ul>
So much history! That I had to add another slide! <ul><li>Cinnamon was the most sought after spice during explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries. It has also been burned as an incense. The smell of Cinnamon is pleasant, stimulates the senses, yet calms the nerves. </li></ul><ul><li>It's smell is reputed to attract customers to a place of business. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinnamon is used in a lot of apple flavored foods and drinks like apple crisp, apple cider, and apple pie. It is also used in Cinnamon bread and buns. </li></ul>
Appearance & taste <ul><li>Cinnamon has a sweet, woody fragrance in both ground and stick forms. </li></ul><ul><li>When tasting the bark it has a plain taste followed by a hot but tasty flavor. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a bark and has a brown bark with what almost looks like powder on it look. </li></ul>
Pictures Cinnamon bark and leaves Cinnamon sticks
Recipe <ul><li>Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn Crunch </li></ul><ul><li>12 Cups </li></ul><ul><li>1 Egg white </li></ul><ul><li>2 tb Brown sugar </li></ul><ul><li>1/8 ts Cinnamon </li></ul><ul><li>2 c (3-qt) air popped popcorn </li></ul><ul><li>Heat oven to 325°. Spray a 15x10x1" baking pan with Pam. In small bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, beating until tiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Place popcorn in large bowl. Fold egg white mixture into popcorn. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 15 minutes, stirring twice during baking. Cool completely. Store in airtight container. Makes 6 (2 cup) servings. </li></ul>