A widely used spice that originates its cultivation from Sri Lanka. Cinnamon varies in color from light yellowish brown, to a dark reddish color. The kind of cinnamon found in grocery stores (which is actually called Cassia) is hard and woody in texture, and has a dark reddish brown coloring. It also has a very distinguishable aroma.
It can be used in preparation of desserts, chocolate, candy, tea, cocoa, and liqueurs. Cinnamon is also used to add flavor to cereals, fruits, breads, as well as chicken and lamb dishes in North America.
As a medicine cinnamon helps to cure the common cold, to treat diarrhea, to aid with problems in the digestive system, and to help treat type 2 diabetes.
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