Product: Organic Cassia, Ground
Latin Name: Cinnamomum aromaticum syn. Cassia lignea, Cinnamomum cassia
Plant Family: Lauraceae
Other Names: Chinese Cinnamon, Chinese Cassia, Guan Gui, Valse Kaneel, Casse, Canéfice, Cannelle de Chine, Chinesischer Zimt, Kassie, Rou Gui, Cannella della Cin, Canela de la China & Kassia.
Description: Cinnamomum aromaticum also known as Chinese cassia comes from an evergreen shrubby tree native to Southern Asia which grows to a height of 10-15 metres. The tree has greyish-red bark, and the leaves are pinnately compound resembling those of the laurel tree oval to oblong, dark green and glossy in colour and approximately 12-22cm in length. The flowers are comprised of panicles of 6-petaled white florets with yellow stamens.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that cassia and cinnamon are high in antioxidants? 1 teaspoon contains 5 times as many antioxidants as ½ cup of blueberries; the spice is also a good source of manganese, fibre, iron and calcium. As well as its antioxidant and mineral properties, recent studies in several European laboratories have determined that consuming as little as half a teaspoon of cassia every day may potentially reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels by as much as 20% in Type II diabetes patients not taking insulin.
Ingredients: Ground processed bark of organic Cinnamomum aromaticum.
Allergy Advice: Cassia contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USECassia can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes, sprinkle into bread, biscuit, cake and muffin recipes, it can be added to curry powder blends, stirred in to soups, stews and tagines., it works well with chicken, lamb and beef. Add to crumble toppings and the fillings of apple and pumpkin pies, sprinkle onto porridge, muesli, pancakes for a sweet spicy flavour. You can also blend it into butter and make spicy cinnamon toast, try the butter on toasted teacakes and crumpets to! The spice can also be added to scented sachets and pot pourri mixes and used as flavouring for mulled wine and cider.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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