Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices. It is the dried bark of the cinnamon tree and is amazingly aromatic and imparts a warm, spicy and earthy flavour.

Long strips of the tree’s bark are sliced off and allowed to dry. These cinnamon ‘quills’ or sticks are then cut to size and sold as is or ground into a fine powder.

This wonder herb is used in everything from stews, curries, drinks, baked treats to health and beauty and cleaning products.

The bark curls as it dries

The leaves of the tree are also dried and can be used in stews and the like much the way bay leaves are. They have a pungent smell and taste.

Cinnamon tree Source: By H. Zell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

I have some recipes using cinnamon for you in the links below.

Dietary Info: Great for vegetarians,  vegans and is gluten free.

This particular cooking ingredient is in PK’s Essential Pantry Cupboard Contents and here is a list of other ingredients on the blog.



Here are some ways to use cinnamon and some more ingredients posts:

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