Cassia cinnamon powder is the powdered form of the bark and is related to Ceylon cinnamon but much cheaper. Cassia cinnamon sticks are thicker and hard to break. Their distinct flavor and aroma comes from its essential oil called ‘cinnamonaldehyde’. There are many ways to use cassia cinnamon.
1. Culinary uses – cassia powder is an inexpensive substitute for the milder Ceylon cinnamon. While both varieties are different in terms of texture, cassia powder can be an excellent alternative because it is very aromatic. Cassia powder is often used as a flavouring agent for desserts, pastries, confectionery and even meat. Certain gravies and curries can only be made using cassia powder and not Ceylon.
2. Disinfectant and odor neutralizer – cassia cinnamon oil has been proven to be a potent anti-microbial agent that can be used to kill bacteria that create odors as well as Salmonella and E.coli. Simply add three drops of cinnamon essential oil with water in a diffuser to neutralize the bad odor in your room. When used as a household disinfectant, add 20 drops of cinnamon oil in 2 cups of water. Place it in a spray bottle and use it to disinfect cabinets, sinks, toys and doorknobs.
3. Insect repellent – cassia cinnamon oil can be used as a treatment for head lice and to kill bed bugs, roaches, mosquitoes and ants.
Ceylon cinnamon is more expensive and can be difficult to find since most cinnamon powders sold are the cheaper Cassia. Lighter, sweeter and more refined than its cheaper cousin, true cinnamon is more suitable for flavouring desserts and savoury dishes. Here are some other ways you can use Ceylon cinnamon.
1. For pastries, confectionery and fine desserts – Ceylon cinnamon is an absolute must for fine desserts due to its subtle, very mild smell and slightly sweet taste. It will never overpower any recipe but rather add a sophisticated flavour. Most Mexican and European recipes that require cinnamon pertains to the Ceylon cinnamon. Using cassia cinnamon which lends a spicy taste and aromatic smell will make the dessert taste differently.
2. Food flavoring – Ceylon cinnamon has been traditionally used as a food flavoring.
3. Medicinal Uses – because of its very low Coumarin content, the Ceylon type is safe to be used as an alternative health supplement for people suffering from diabetes, inflammatory illnesses and other chronic diseases. It is also effective for people who want to lose weight.
Please note: Cinnamon Oil from OliveNation is food grade. This product can not be used as beauty product, please do not apply our cinnamon oil directly on your skin.