I know cinnamon. It is the brown powder packed in a small and elegant glass bottle, like McCormick cinnamon. It is widely used as spice or flavorings. For preparation of chocolates, apple pie, donuts, bread buns, candies, tea, hot cocoa and a variety of fine dishes.
Recently, I went to Divisoria to buy some food stuffs. I saw a large plastic container full of rolled tree barks. It can be noticed easily cause it was beside other raw materials like peanut, black pepper, annatto, dried chilli and cacao beans.
I asked the sales lady what it was, I mean what kind of bark it was. She replied,”It’s cinnamon”. The real cinnamon where the powdered form originated. So if you’re in a need of cinnamon bark, it can be found in Divisoria. Be patient cause there are lots of stores to search to.
If my memory serves me right, it can be bought in SM Supermarket too.
So why look for the cinnamon bark if you can easily buy powder nearby groceries. Powder is more convenient than bark.
1) Some chefs and cooks want a real cinnamon bark for fine dining.
2) You can be sure that bark is pure, natural and not adulterated.
3) For medicinal purposes. Cinnamon can cure a variety of diseases. A recent breakthrough is for treatment of brain cells.
Researchers have found that compounds from cinnamon extract can protect cells from fluid accumulation. The incident happens after strokes and other traumatic injuries. It was a great breakthrough though further studies are needed.
Cinnamon spice can be used to cure colds, diarrhea, other digestive problems, and type 2 diabetes. It can also serve as antimicrobial agent and potent antioxidant. Cinnamon tea is often drink for its antioxidant activity.
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