“Both spice and medicine, cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree. In India, we call it ‘dalchini’. Let us know the 12 common usage of this natural gift..”
- Drizzle hot toast with honey and powdered cinnamon. For regular use, powder some cinnamon, mix it with sugar and put it in a shaker.
- Simmer cinnamon sticks with milk. Sweeten with honey. Makes a deliciously warming beverage.
- Just a pinch of ground cinnamon will perk up your beans and stews.
- Saute lamb with brinjals, raisins and cinnamon sticks for a Middle Eastern touch to your meal.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon in your coffee grounds before brewing.
- Add just a dash of cinnamon to your hot cereals for added flavor.
- Top your ice cream or frozen yogurt with cinnamon dust. Or sprinkle the powder on your pancakes and crepes.
- Cinnamon tastes great on mashed potatoes and baked sweet potatoes.
- Combine cinnamon with chocolate when making chocolate cake, puddings or hot chocolate.
- Apples and cinnamon make great companions. Sprinkle halved apples with a little brown sugar and cinnamon.
Microwave 1-2 minutes or just until tender.
- Dust sweet buns very lightly with cinnamon. A totally American treat!
- If doing a pie crust in the microwave, use cinnamon the edges. The crust will look browned and have a good taste.
Usage In Old Times
In the ancient world, cinnamon was more precious than gold. Nero, emperor of Rome in the first century AD, burned a year’s supply of cinnamon on his wife’s funeral pyre: an extravagant gesture meant to signify the depth of his loss.The demand for cinnamon launched a thousand ships. The Portuguese invaded Sri Lanka immediately after reaching India in 1536. The Sinhalese King paid the Portuguese tributes of 110,000 kilograms of cinnamon annually. The Dutch captured Sri Lanka in 1636 and controlled the cinnamon trade. They used a cunning way to dominate the market: If the price of cinnamon fell too low in Amsterdam, they would burn it up to increase demand.