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Latin Name: Cinnamomum zelanicum
Plant Family: Lauraceae
Other Names: Sri Lanka Cinnamon, True Cinnamon, Sweet Wood, Cinamonas, Dalchini, Canela, Cannelle Ceylan, Zimt, Kanel, Cannella, Qurfa, Kanellë, Ceylonski Cimet, Seiron-Nikkei, Koritsa, Korytsya & Cây Quế.
Description: True cinnamon comes from the bark of an evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and India which grows to a height of 8-20 metres. The leaves are petiolate, entire, mid green in colour with the underside being a paler green than the upper side, leathery ovate and up to 18cm in length. Young leaves are paler green with a reddish tinge, the leaves have 3-5 longitudinal veins. The 6-petaled flowers are approximately 3mm in diameter, pale yellowy-white in colour and form panicles of blooms which are 5-7cm in length. Flowers give way to fleshy fruits which are ovoid in shape, black in colour when ripe and 1.5-2 cm in length.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians were fond of using this aromatic bark as incense, a medicine and as part of the embalming process? As a medicine it was used as a digestive and antiseptic, often added to balms and unguents for the skin and the oil obtained from the plant was used to make exotic perfumes. Evidence of the use of cinnamon as an incense was found on a wall inside the tomb of Queen Nefertari, wife of Rameses II, when a wall painting of a bowl containing flaming cinnamon sticks was discovered.
Ingredients: Dried and ground bark of Cinnamomum zelanicum
Allergy Advice: Cinnamon contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet. This product possibly contains Sulphites (>10mg/kg) Buying Fairtrade products help the local farmers.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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