Spice School: Cinnamon

There are 3 types of Cinnamon that we offer at The Spice & Tea Exchange.

·        Korintje Cinnamon (aka Indonesian Cinnamon)

·        Vietnamese Cinnamon (aka Saigon Cinnamon)

·        True Ceylon Cinnamon (aka True Cinnamon or Sri Lanka Cinnamon)

Each of these cinnamons is very closely related.  However, Korintje and Vietnamese cinnamons are more akin to the cassia tree than the true Ceylon cinnamon.  Depending on your use or preference, you may choose one over the other.  Here are a few differentiations to help you discover which cinnamon is right for you:

Korintje Cinnamon

Korintje is the cinnamon most often found in grocery stores and used for general baking.  It has a sweet aroma and flavor that blends well in a number of dishes.  We offer ground, chunk and stick versions.  Ground Korintje goes perfect in baked items, atop apples, or in oatmeal.  The chunk version is great for adding to loose-leaf teas, grinding with coffee, and adding an earthy, sweetness to spice grinder blends like our Earthly Delight.  The stick version has a thick skin and grates easily over any dish.  It can also be added to soups, stews, sauces, mulled ciders, and other hot drinks to infuse that comfort-loving spice and aroma cinnamon is known for.

Vietnamese Cinnamon

This variation contains the most volatile oils and, thus, the strongest flavor.  If you want an “in your face” cinnamon flavor, this is the choice for you.  Used in meat rubs like our Cinnabar Smoke Rub, for cinnamon rolls, and any dish where you want cinnamon to be the star attraction.  It is a fan favorite for cinnamon-lovers. Check out this Cinnabar Smoked Ham recipe!

True Ceylon Cinnamon

This cinnamon has a more delicate flavor than the other choices and an almost floral quality to it.  It’s most popular use is for its health benefits as it contains the highest levels of antioxidants of the three.  It is used to treat inflammation, circulatory issues, diabetes, allergies, fungal infections, and as an anti-carcinogenic to help destroy cancer cells.  Beyond its health properties, Ceylon cinnamon lends well to beverages, sauces, and meals where you want a subtle touch of cinnamon without it taking over the dish.  Try adding to coffee grounds before brewing to create your own flavored coffee with just a hint of sweetness.  It also helps cut the bitterness in over-roasted coffee beans.  We offer True Ceylon ground and in stick form.  The sticks are delicate, like the flavor, and can be broken off, grated, or used whole to flavor a wide range of dishes.

Cinnamon is a great way to add warmth to dishes! It pairs well with both spicy and sweet flavors adding a more complex dimension to meals and beverages.
— Chef Dearing, Spice School
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