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Meghalaya Cinnamon Carries the Goodness of Health and Taste

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Meghalaya Cinnamon Carries the Goodness of Health and Taste

Team Zizira Sets Out in Search of Meghalaya Cinnamon and Discovers Just How Versatile It Is

Cinnamon is a versatile spice. It not only adds a fragrant flavour to your speciality foods and dishes (and tea), it is also a preservative and, then, it has several medicinal qualities that make it highly sought after, especially in the West. Meghalaya Cinnamon is a little more special: it is organically grown across the state. That has been the tradition. The cinnamon variety that grows in Meghalaya is the cassia cinnamon. You can look at the difference between cinnamon and cassia cinnamon in the infographic below.
Did you know that it is obtained from the bark of a tree called “True cinnamon tree”?

So Team Zizira set out to explore, looking for organically grown cinnamon in the hills of Meghalaya. Zizira explorers found out about organically grown cinnamon in Mawtnum village and visited the place, returning better informed about the uniqueness of Meghalaya Cinnamon.

Cinnamon trees

Meghalaya Cinnamon - Naturally Grown

Cinnamon trees were growing organically in the farm that the Zizira explorers visited. The farmer made the team understand that this, largely, is the case in Meghalaya. Cinnamon trees can be propagated both by the conventional seed propagation method and by planting stem-cuttings.

Download the benefits and uses of the 54 medicinal plants of Meghalaya.

Harvesting

Using the conventional seed propagation method cinnamon is usually planted on a large scale. Healthy seedlings are planted after the monsoon rains. In three years’ time, the saplings will be mature trees, ready to be harvested (or peeled) for cinnamon and every six months thereafter. The barks are peeled after the rains as it is easier to do so. The wetness helps and makes it easier to peel. The peeled barks are set to dry in the sun. The drying process causes the barks to curl into quills, which are then cut and sold as cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon trees affceted by fire and smokes

Commercial Uses of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is widely used as a spice and flavouring agent for baking and cooking, and due to its versatile nature, it can be added to beverages too. 

Cinnamon flavoured beverages are gaining in popularity due to their unique flavour.

Apart from cinnamon stick and powder, cinnamon leaf and bark oils are also used as aromatic ingredients in the preparation of perfumes and other formulations. Cinnamon oil has a great demand in the West, both as a preservative in the food industry and as a flavouring agent.

How to Use Cinnamon at Home

  1. Flavour your beverage: Add a pinch of cinnamon to your coffee or to your tea while brewing
  2. Cinnamon touch: Add cinnamon to your favourite roasted or grilled fruits
  3. Add a little cinnamon to melted chocolate and use as a fresh fruit dip

Medicinal Benefits

Since ancient times cinnamon has been highly prized for its medicinal properties. Due to its anti-bacterial properties, cinnamon is believed to be helpful for stomach ailments, dental issues and also for cough and cold. It is also believed to relieve pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Cinnamon-Vs-Cassia-Infographic

And if you are inclined to try out Meghalaya Cinnamon first hand, visit Zizira's spices section for cinnamon as well as other spices like chillies, pepper and the famous Lakadong Turmeric.

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8 Responses

Miramon Suting
Miramon Suting

July 08, 2020

Hi Upananda, We sell our products online and on Amazon.in. You can find all our products here.

prabhas
prabhas

July 08, 2020

Can I get your contact number

Risabet
Risabet

July 08, 2020

Hi Prabhas,

You can connect with us at 8119840256 (Whatsapp/Call). We would be more than happy to help.?

Georgina
Georgina

July 08, 2020

Butter (optional) spread over your bread and a sprinkle of Cinnamon powder makes a fantastic flavorsome CINNAMON BREAD, and a perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of goodness (Tea). Perhaps, Zizira could also start a recipe column.

Raj Kharmih
Raj Kharmih

July 08, 2020

Georgina,

Thanks for the comment! Having a Zizira recipe column would be great and we have started one too, but in a very small way. Let us know what you think of those and perhaps you could even share a few of your own? Thanks!!!

Upananda Narayan deb
Upananda Narayan deb

July 08, 2020

Do u sell your products.. ? If so then can we meet?

Upananda Narayan Deb
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welstar M marak
welstar M marak

July 08, 2020

Keep up the good work, informative

Badal Nyalang
Badal Nyalang

July 08, 2020

Thank you Welstar,

Good to hear that our post are helping you! Feel free to share the information.

Thanks again!

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