Exploring The Different Types of Cinnamon
Cinnamon, the aromatic spice that has captivated taste buds for centuries, is a staple in many kitchens worldwide. As the creators of the World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls, we know that not all cinnamon is created equal. The types of cinnamon available offer distinct flavors and culinary applications, each contributing its unique essence to our beloved cinnamon rolls and countless other dishes. Join us as we delve into the diverse world of cinnamon, exploring the different types and uncovering the secrets behind their usage.
Ceylon Cinnamon: The True Cinnamon
At the heart of the cinnamon realm lies Ceylon cinnamon, often hailed as “true cinnamon.” Harvested primarily in Sri Lanka, this variety, scientifically known as Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum zeylanicum, boasts a delicate, sweet, and citrusy flavor. Its aroma is subtle yet sophisticated, making it the darling of gourmet cuisine.
- Ceylon cinnamon is perfect for recipes where its mild, nuanced profile can shine, such as delicate desserts, light curries, and beverages like chai tea.
- Its fine texture and sweet undertones make it ideal for dusting pastries and desserts for a hint of aromatic sweetness.
Cassia Cinnamon: The Robust and Spicy Sibling
While Ceylon cinnamon is the star of subtlety, Cassia cinnamon, also known as Cinnamomum cassia, takes a bolder approach. Predominantly cultivated in China and Indonesia, Cassia cinnamon is famous for its assertive, spicy flavor and its relatively high content of cinnamaldehyde, the compound responsible for its intense taste.
- Cassia cinnamon’s robust flavor pairs perfectly with hearty dishes like stews, curries, and spiced meats.
- Its sturdy nature makes it a go-to choice for recipes where it needs to hold its own against other bold flavors.
Saigon Cinnamon: The Fiery Spice Bomb
Saigon cinnamon, or Cinnamomum loureiroi, hails from Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. Renowned for its fiery, sweet, and spicy taste, it packs a punch that can wake up your taste buds with a single whiff.
- Saigon cinnamon is excellent for dishes that demand an intense cinnamon kick, such as spiced candies, hot cinnamon beverages, and sweet and savory Asian dishes.
- Due to its potency, use it sparingly to avoid overpowering delicate flavors.
Indonesian Cinnamon: A Balance of Spice and Sweetness
Indonesian cinnamon, often referred to as Korintje cinnamon, strikes a harmonious balance between the boldness of Cassia and the subtlety of Ceylon. This variety is cultivated in Indonesia and carries a well-rounded flavor profile with a touch of sweetness.
- Indonesian cinnamon is versatile and works well in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s an excellent choice for baking, spicing up oatmeal, or enhancing the flavor of roasted vegetables.
- Its moderate heat makes it adaptable to a wide range of recipes, making it a kitchen favorite.
Chinese Cinnamon: Aromatic and Complex
Chinese cinnamon, also known as Cinnamomum aromaticum or Chinese cassia, is a staple in Chinese cuisine. It boasts a complex flavor profile with woody and earthy notes, often accompanied by a hint of sweetness.
- Chinese cinnamon excels in spice blends, especially those used in Chinese cuisine, imparting depth and character to dishes like five-spice powder.
- Its aromatic qualities make it an intriguing addition to certain baked goods and savory recipes, such as braised meats and soups.
You’ve learned about the most popular types of cinnamon but there is still one more cinnamon that is Cinnabon’s secret ingredient! Let’s dive in!
Makara Cinnamon: The Cinnabon Secret
In the world of cinnamon, Makara cinnamon stands as a special variety, known for its exclusive role in crafting the beloved Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Grown in Sri Lanka, Makara cinnamon possesses a flavor that sets it apart from other types of cinnamon. It is the key ingredient in Cinnabon’s secret recipe for their world-famous cinnamon rolls.
- Makara cinnamon tastes different than other cinnamons due to its high concentration of essential oils and flavonoids, which give it the unique flavor that Cinnabon is known for.
The Secret is Revealed
Makara Cinnamon, fresh-baked dough, waves of frosting, and even love are baked into every bite of a Cinnabon cinnamon roll! Yes, those really are the key ingredients (secrets) of the world-famous Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls.
By now, you’re probably wondering what is different about Makara cinnamon. Keep reading to find out!
Does It Taste Different
Makara cinnamon tastes different than other cinnamons because of its high concentration of essential oils. Makara cinnamon also has a higher content of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that give Makara cinnamon the unique flavor that Cinnabon is known for.
What Are The Benefits
Makara cinnamon is packed with health benefits due to its high concentration of antioxidants and essential oils. Some of the benefits of Makara cinnamon include:
- Lowering bad cholesterol
- Regulating blood sugar levels
- Reducing inflammation
- Boosting cognitive function
But the biggest benefit is the sweet smell!
If you’re looking for some of the best cinnamon rolls in the world, you can stop by a Cinnabon store or grab some Makara cinnamon so you can make Cinnabon-like cinnamon rolls at home! Keep reading to find the world’s best cinnamon rolls recipe below!
Where Can You Buy It?
Although Makara cinnamon is grown in Sri Lanka, you can purchase it online or at some specialty spice stores. If you want to make Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls at home, you’ll need Makara cinnamon as it’s the key ingredient in their secret recipe. You can find Makara cinnamon on Amazon. Our team at World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls has found it at specialty spice stores, too.
How To Store It?
Makara like other types of cinnamon can last a long time if stored correctly. Makara cinnamon should be kept in an airtight container, away from light, in a cool and dry place like your pantry. We’ve found that Makara cinnamon can last up to 2 years stored this way. But, who would want to store it when you can make the world’s best cinnamon rolls at home?
How Do You Make Homemade Makara Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls?
It’s a question we often get around here. Makara cinnamon is the key ingredient that makes Cinnabon cinnamon rolls taste so good. Click here to test out our Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls recipe made with Makara Cinnamon!
An Extraordinary Spice
Now you now the different types of cinnamon around the world. As we wrap up our journey through the diverse world of cinnamon, we hope you’ve gained a deeper appreciation for this extraordinary spice. From the delicacy of Ceylon cinnamon to the boldness of Cassia and the exotic allure of Saigon cinnamon, each variety brings its unique charm to the culinary stage.
Makara cinnamon, the secret behind Cinnabon’s legendary cinnamon rolls, adds a touch of magic to the mix, showcasing how this spice can elevate a beloved treat to iconic status.
Whether you’re crafting a delectable dessert, spicing up a savory dish, or simply indulging in the aromatic delight of a cinnamon-infused beverage, choosing the right type of cinnamon can make all the difference. So, go ahead, explore the world of cinnamon, and let its captivating flavors inspire your culinary creations.
As you embark on your culinary adventures, armed with the knowledge of these diverse cinnamon varieties, remember that the world of flavor is vast and delightful. Experiment, savor, and let your taste buds lead the way.
And if you ever find yourself craving the world’s best cinnamon rolls, complete with the irresistible allure of Makara cinnamon, don’t hesitate to seek them out or try your hand at making them at home. After all, cinnamon, in all its glorious forms, is here to make every dish a delightful masterpiece.