Ground Cinnamon

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Ground cinnamon is a common kitchen spice with a rich history dating back to ancient times. Cinnamon has long been used both for medicinal and religious purposes. This "sweet spice" is still widely popular today in culinary traditions all over the world.

Ground cinnamon was once very valuable in Europe and was used in a variety of pharmaceutical substances such as digestive aids and cough syrups. It is known for its antiviral and antifungal properties, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. It's also a very common ingredient in incense which is a major component of many traditional sacred ceremonies.

Cooking with Ground Cinnamon
When I think of common cinnamon spice, I think of pancakes, oatmeals, bagels, and other breakfast foods. It's also an essential spice to have around during the holidays, when you can add it to baked goods and hot beverages for an added sweetness. Turn an ordinary apple into a special treat with a little dusting of cinnamon after slicing.

Ground cinnamon is also a common ingredient in Indian curries. I like to add it to lamb and beef stews for an Indian flair. It also goes well with grains like rices and barleys. Whatever your particular tastes, you can find creative ways to use cinnamon with online recipes and cookbooks. Cinnamon's versatility makes it essential when stocking your kitchen with the basics.

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