Cinnamon | Spice of the Month - October 2014
About this spice:
Cinnamon is a versatile spice of many varieties that is harvested from the bark of trees found in southern China and throughout southeast Asia. This spice has been used for thousands of years, and is even mentioned in the Old Testament as an ingredient to be used in anointing oil. Today there are two types of cinnamon sold commercially. The one that is seen most frequently in North America is cassia cinnamon, and is typically sold under the name of "Saigon cinnamon". The other variety is known as the true cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon. This type of cinnamon is more expensive than cassia, and has a sweeter, more mild flavor. Both types of cinnamon can be found at the Marietta Spice Mill.
Cinnamon has many uses beyond sprinkling it on apple pies or oatmeal. It can be used in potpourri, as a moth repellant, treatment for insect bites, and it has multiple medicinal properties. One of the more exciting medicinal uses is as a blood sugar reducer for those with pre-diabetes. Go here for more information regarding cinnamon and lowering blood sugar.