Spice Trade — cinnamon

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Full flavoured Vanilla pod Crème Brûlée recipe

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Full flavoured Vanilla pod Crème Brûlée recipe

The flavour of this crème brûlée is entirely through the fresh cinnamon powder and vanilla pod. Make sure to use a heavy vanilla pod for the best results – we’ve found smaller pods result in a very weak vanilla flavour, because they’ve grown on the vine for much less time. Longer, heavy beans are the result of proper, caring growth and not early picking. Recipe: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk3/4 cup nonfat milk1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise60 grams sugar4 large egg yolks1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, freshly groundpinch of pink himalayan salt Cooking method 1. Combine the...

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Cinnamon prices and trade tricks

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Cinnamon prices have been on rocketing up for the majority of this year. Prices are up over 150% since April when the fresh crop came in! We saw this happening earlier, and there are still no signs of a slowdown. One interesting point to note however, is that prices have still not reached their all time high in the 80’s. In order to maintain the same quality cinnamon, we will be increasing our prices while the market remains high, as it’s now time for us to re-order. Unlike many whole spices, Cinnamon is one that can be tampered with to...

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Nutrition and buying tips: Cassia Cinnamon

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All values below are per 1 tsp (2.6g) of ground cassia cinnamon. ProximatesWater 0.28gEnergy 6kcalProtein 0.10gTotal lipid (fat) 0.03gCarbohydrate, by difference 2.10gFiber, total dietary 1.4gSugars, total 0.06g MineralsCalcium, Ca 26mgIron, Fe 0.22mgMagnesium, Mg 2mgPhosphorus, P 2mgPotassium, K 11mgSodium, Na 0mgZinc, Zn 0.05mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.1mgThiamin 0.001mgRiboflavin 0.001mgNiacin 0.035mgVitamin B-6 0.004mgFolate, DFE 0µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 0µgVitamin A, IU 8IUVitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.06mgVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IUVitamin K, 0.8 LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.009gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.006Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.002Cholesterol 0mg Tips on buying quality cinnamon sticks Our recommendation is to to buy...

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Saffron

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Saffron

Saffron is known as the emperor of spices. Why? Because it’s an extremely laborious and tedious process to harvest. It can grow in extreme hot and dry climates, as well as survive in snow. But, good grains of commercial saffron need extremely precise conditions to develop their exquisite flavour. Saffron threads are taken from the insides of orchids – perhaps the rarest and most expensive branch of flowers. A grain of good commercial Saffron contains the stigmas and styles of nine flowers, and consequently 4,320 orchids are required to yield around 30 grams of Saffron. The stigmas need to be...

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Cassia: A real spice or a fake cinnamon

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Cassia is one of those spices that has suffered a particularly bad bout of publicity: commonly denounced as the “fake Cinnamon” or as an inferior spice, Cassia is rather misunderstood. Cassia is the bark of the cassia tree – a tree indigenous to China, which carries crop with flavour characteristics close to Cinnamon. Part of the problem may lie in the fact that it’s produced by China, a producer that the public has a general level of wariness towards. But China has been producing delicious spices, food and other ingredients for millennia. The real heart of the problem is it’s...

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