Why is Ceylon Cinnamon Expensive
Although all types of Cinnamon belongs to the laurel family, Lauraceae, True Cinnamon has cultivated in Sri Lanka. There are two categories of Cinnamon identified as “Cinnamomum Cassia” and “Cinnamomum Zeylanicum.” Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde. Naturally, it prevents unnecessary clattering of blood within the body. Even though Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon have certain similarities, Cassia Cinnamon is not as sweet as Ceylon Cinnamon. Cassia Cinnamon may also create toxic situations because it contains very high amounts of coumarin, which is used as a flavoring ingredient.
Coumarin is naturally contained within True Cinnamon, but Cassia Cinnamon contains approximately 1000 times more coumarin when compared to True Cinnamon. True Cinnamon is expensive and harder to find. Due to this, most of the time, what we have been buying from the market is Cassia Cinnamon.
Difference between Cassia Cinnamon vs Ceylon Cinnamon
|Ceylon Cinnamon||Cassia Cinnamon|
|Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Blume||Cinnamomum Cassia|
|cannot originate from elsewhere in the world. Only Sri Lanka.||China and Many Countries|
|tastes full of lighter, brighter citreous tones||tastes stronger and hotter|
|tan brown||reddish dark brown|
|Ceylon Cinnamon is thin and papery and forms multiple layers when rolled up||Cassia Cinnamon has a rougher thick bark which forms just a few layers when rolled up|
|Fragility is another noticeable feature||pretty tough to grind|
|delicate, sweet with nuanced notes of clove and makes an excellent flavor profile for pastries, cakes and desserts||pungent and suited for braised Chinese meat recipes|
|mainly exported to Europe||consumed in the USA & Asia|
|Low coumarin Level||1000 times coumarin level than Ceylon Cinnamon|
|premium price, that is, more than 10 times the price of Cassia Cinnamon||Low Price|
Is Expensive Cinnamon Worth the Price?
In many extents, Cassia Cinnamon is referred to as Fake or False Cinnamon, and Ceylon Cinnamon is referred to as True Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is obtained from the dried inner barks of Cinnamomum Zeylancium. Several other types of Cinnamon come from different Cinnamomum trees, and they are referred to as Cassia Cinnamon. True Cinnamon has a perfect aroma when heated, exclusive flavor, and is lighter in color when compared to Cassia Cinnamon.
True Cinnamon, which is native to Sri Lanka, is grown only in specific parts of the Island, such as Galle, Matara, Hambantota, and Rathnapura, whereas Cassia Cinnamon is native and cultivated in countries such as Indonesia and China.
Cinnamon was first identified as an aromatic condiment, but at present many scientific experiments have proved that Cinnamon acts as a remedy for many health issues such as diabetics, high cholesterol issues, cough, sore throat, arthritis, obesity, less appetite, and bronchitis.
Daily consumption of 6 grams of Cinnamon helps patients with type two diabetes by improving their lipid and glucose levels and by reducing the levels of serum glucose, triglyceride, and LDL cholesterol.
Cinnamon comes in different forms for consumption purposes. Cinnamon as oil is used to treat and cure some fungal infections such as Candida, whereas Cinnamon powder and sticks are used in preparing meals such as cakes, tarts, desserts, savory dishes, hot chocolate, tea, and wine.
Cinnamon powder can be kept in the storage for months, and stick formed Cinnamon can be stored for years. It is healthier if it is possible to store cinnamon powder and sticks in airtight bottles, which can be kept away from sunlight and moisture, because it may lose its color and aroma with time.
Due to current labeling and packaging methods, it is hard to differentiate Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the world’s most expensive and the second-largest spice after black pepper. One of the primary essential health benefits identified in Ceylon Cinnamon is its anti-clotting ability.
In addition to this, there are many benefits, check out our health benefits article for more information,
Where can you by Expensive Ceylon Cinnamon for Affordable price?
True Cinnamon or Ceylon Cinnamon belongs to the Lauraceae family and it has more than 250 species. Currently Mexico and USA are identified as main target markets for Ceylon Cinnamon. From Sri Lanks’s total exports percentage Cinnamon has acquired 41.13% of world export. Ceylon Cinnamon is now introduced to the international market as “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon”.
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