Cinnamon is a spice widely used in cooking around the world. Its distinct aroma and flavor add a special touch to various recipes, from desserts to savory dishes.
However, did you know that there are different varieties of cinnamon?
Ground cinnamon, also known as "cassia cinnamon," is the most common and widely available variety. It is obtained from the dried inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon powder has a strong and sweet flavor, perfect for sweetening cakes, cookies and hot drinks, such as the famous chai.
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Raw cinnamon, also called "cinnamon stick", is obtained from the rolled bark of the cinnamon tree. This variety has a milder aroma and delicate flavor. It is often used in recipes that require prolonged infusion, such as soups, sauces and teas. Furthermore, it can be used as a decoration on dishes and drinks.
Ceylon cinnamon, also known as "true cinnamon", is considered the noblest and highest quality variety. It is obtained from the inner bark of specific trees grown in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Ceylon cinnamon has a smooth, sweet and refined flavor, with citrus notes and a floral aroma. It is ideal for delicate desserts, such as creams, mousses and cakes.
Ceará cinnamon is a variety native to Brazil. It has distinct characteristics, such as a more intense flavor and a more fibrous texture compared to other varieties. It is much appreciated in Brazilian cuisine, being used in typical dishes, such as tropeiro beans and rice pudding. Furthermore, Ceará cinnamon is valued for its medicinal properties.
Each variety of cinnamon has its own flavor and aroma profile, making them suitable for different culinary preparations. When choosing the right cinnamon for your recipes, it is important to consider the desired flavor and the type of dish you are preparing. Try different varieties and discover the one that best suits your taste.
In short, cinnamon is much more than just a common spice. Its distinct varieties bring unique nuances of flavor and aroma, enriching dishes with a special touch.
One example is the dish we produce at Plantz, Tofu Tikka Masala with an unparalleled flavor and aroma.