Saigon Cinnamon Powder
1/2 Cup Jar
Vietnamese cinnamon comes from the bark of an evergreen cassia tree that grows naturally in the high mountainous regions of Northern and Central Vietnam. The term Saigon cinnamon is inaccurate, as this cassia does not grow in or around Saigon (which is located in southeastern Vietnam), but it has been marketed with the name Saigon Cinnamon for years and the name has stuck. During the Vietnam War era exports of Vietnamese cassia was halted for almost 20 years.
Vietnamese cinnamon is considered by most cinnamon and cassia aficionados to be the most aromatic of all the cinnamons. The cinnamon oil content of our Vietnamese Cinnamon Powder is very high at 4%-6% which makes the flavor outstanding and leads many bakers and chefs to call this particular variety the best cinnamon you can get. By comparison, the most common cinnamon used in America is the cassia cinnamon from Indonesia (known as Korintje cinnamon) which has an oil content of 2%-3%.
Our Vietnamese cinnamon is highly prized among bakers and chefs for the high level of flavor that it brings to a variety of breads, cakes, cookies, dumplings, ice cream, pastries, pies and puddings. You'll find it in other savory dishes such as chutneys, pickles, meat glazes, soups, stews, squash and vinegars. It's an outstanding enhancement to hot drinks like coffee, cocoa, cider and tea. Even Microbrewers use cinnamon in their beer.
Vietnamese Cinnamon works well in combination with fruits like apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries and oranges and vegetables €“ especially carrots, onions and spinach.
Cinnamon combines well with other spices such as allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
The high concentration of aromatic oils gives Vietnamese cinnamon its signature robust and concentrated sweet cinnamon flavor. Some describe the taste of Vietnamese cinnamon as being similar to that of red hot candy. Korintje and Chinese cassia tends to be much more subtly sweet and pales in comparison. Vietnamese cinnamon is highly sought after by savvy bakers and cooks throughout the U.S. as the higher cinnamon oil content allows the cinnamon taste to more completely disperse throughout your baked goods, giving them a sophisticated cinnamon flavor.
While our Organic Vietnamese Cinnamon is grown and harvested in Vietnam, it is milled in the US to provide the freshest product. When baking or cooking with Vietnamese cinnamon, you should only use a very small amount (depending on how fresh it is) to achieve the flavor you would normally get when using a larger amount of other cassia or cinnamon.
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