Sweet or Savory? Cinnamon

Organic Saigon Cinnamon

Spicy.  Sweet.  Woody.  Certainly fragrant.  What is the scent of cinnamon?  When you open a package or bottle of cinnamon you are transported.  Maybe to Grandma’s house.  Maybe to an exotic land.  Maybe in something sweet.  Maybe in something savory.

One of our favorite ingredients to use at Passport Dinners is fragrant cinnamon. Our Moroccan cinnamon & honey dinner kits include organic Saigon Cinnamon (genus Cinnamomum), which is more closely related to Cassia (C. Aromaticum), native to Burma, than to Cinnamon (C. Verum), native to Sri Lanka.  Saigon Cinnamon also is considerably higher in essential oils than either Cassia or Cinnamon, and commands a higher price.

You don’t even have to open one of our seasoning packets with cinnamon to catch a whiff.  Those essential oils waft out as soon as you open the lid to the dinner kit box.

When you purchase cinnamon make it a high quality cinnamon such as Saigon Cinnamon, keep it in a cool place, and use it quickly.  You don’t want to lose any of that spicy, sweet, and woody fragrance.  Better yet, buy the cinnamon sticks and grind them yourself in a spice grinder.  Trust me, you’ll never go back to that bottled stuff at the grocery store.

Try a taste of the world, a culinary journey, with our DIY dinner adventure kits at passportdinners.com.


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