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Madagascar Cinnamon

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Madagascar is one of two few countries outside of Sri Lanka where true Ceylon cinnamon grows, the second being Seychelles. The cinnamon tree belongs to the ''Lauraceae'' family of plants which is native to Sri Lanka and scientifically named . Its botanical names include ''Cinnamomum Zeylanicum or '' and ''Cinnamomum verum'', the latter meaning ''true cinnamon'' in Latin. The plant was probably introduced to Madagsacar Madagascar in ancient times by sailors crossing the Indian Ocean on their trading routes. Madagascar and Ceylon cinnamon alike are often referred to as gourmet cinammoncinnamon.
The export of Madagascar cinnamon was temporarily paused in the mid -1990s because of due to over -harvesting by which the complete stem stems and root roots were usedremoved. As farmers have since been tought taught sustainable cinnamon farming methods , not to not harvest the complete tree and with its roots, enough cinnamom cinnamon trees have recovered and the export ban was lifted and production and export resumed. In 2011, Madagascar produced 2,300 metric tons of cinnamon, approximately 1.1% of the world production. <!--While cinnamon grows in many areas in Madagascar, the most producing regions are [https://top5ofanythingen.wikipedia.comorg/wiki/Atsinanana Atsinanana] and [ -->Analanjirofo Analanjirofo].
Madagascar Madagascar’s cinnamon grows best in sandy soil and , where the tree can grow up to 15 metres in its natural state, but which is cut earlier for harvesting. Harvesting is usually done after the rainy season while the bark is moist and rich in flavour and essential oils. Only the inner bark of the tree is used for the spice.
Madagascar's and Ceylon cinnamon has the lowest amount of coumarin contents compared to other cinnamons. Coumarin is a slightly toxic substance, which is best avoided if taking cinnamon as a health supplement, in teas etc. Cinnamon is used in a wide variety of traditional medecinesmedicines, and of course in cooking, especially in desserts, cinnamon rolls, muffins and countless other sweets, as well as with coffee, chocolate, rhum rum etc. Additionally, cinnamon is used in essential oils and perfumes.
Madagascar's and Ceylon cinnamon alike should not be mixed up with Cassia, scientifically named ''Cinnamomum aromaticum, '' and commonly known as Chinese cinnamon. It is easy to tell the difference between Ceylon/Madagascar and Chinese varieties. Madagascar cinnamon is sweet, citrusy and delicate in flavour compared with Chinese Cassia cinnamon, which is stronger, more intense and slightly bitter. The bark of Cassia is also strong and rough while Madagascar cinnamon is smooth and paler in colour, crumbly (easy to break) and roll . Madagascar/Ceylon cinnamon rolls up like a newspager newspaper from one side, whereas Cassia cinnamon usually curls inwards from two sides with forming a hollow tube.
There are many other types of cinnamon but only four commercial types: In addition to Ceylon and Cassia, there are also Saigon and Korintje, however, the latter two are also classified as Cassia. There Additionally, there is also Mexican cinnamon, but it's which is, in fact , Ceylon or the Madagascar variety. Mexican cinnamon has only gained its name because of Mexico imports importing so much of it. To add to the confusion, additional names for Ceylon/Madagascar cinnamon is Real Cinnamon, True Cinnamon, Dutch Cinnamon and Sweet Cinnamon.
== Additional information ==
* side effects of cinnamon** - types of cinnamon* export fogures* Mexican cinnamon* possible uses* small FAQ on Ceylon cinnamon* - Swiss distributor of Malagasy products** - Cinnamon description* - Difference between Ceylon and Cassia (in German)* - what's the difference between Ceylon and cassia cinnamon?* - much about cinnamon including audio and video** - Madagascar cinnamon (2012 blog post)* - comparing Cassia and Madagascar cinnamon* - Madagascar cinnamon * - Madagascar "gourmet" Cinnamon* - Madagascar Cinnamon – SA.VA. Import-Export** - history of cinnamon described by a trader of Madagascar cinnamon* - history, health effects etc. * - Botanical name of the Ceylon cinnamon plant* - health benefits of Cassia vs. Ceylon == Videos ==**

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