Hello fellow CINNAMON lovers!
With apple season in full swing, we’re creating lots of apple concoctions in the AdventureBlooms household! Apples in oatmeal, apple butter, maybe even apple pie soon—I can just see the smile on Dalton’s face at the idea of apple pie! But today let’s start with some applesauce, not just any applesauce, spiced applesauce. Spiced with nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
Today’s installment of “DID YOU KNOW?”
DID YOU KNOW that cinnamon is actually from the bark of trees that belong in the genus Cinnamomum? These trees are native to Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. Many cultures have been using this flavor for hundreds of years. And not surprisingly, cinnamon has found its way into most households today, sprinkling itself into plenty of sweet treats. Not only is cinnamon a wonderful flavor—it can also reduce blood sugar in people with diabetes, lower triglycerides and even prevent Alzheimer’s! Keep in mind friends—as always—more research is needed to confirm these claims. A tasty spice with potential health benefits? Sign me up.
There are many varieties of cinnamon—the two most common being Ceylon and Cassia. Ceylon cinnamon is considered “true” cinnamon, native to Sri Lanka, lighter in color, sweeter and more delicate in flavor. It comes in “quills” and is almost parchment paper-like in texture.
Cassia, on the other hand, is darker and thicker in texture. Less expensive than Ceylon and it tends to be a bit spicier in flavor. Native to Indonesia and China, this is the variety most commonly found in supermarkets.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, and can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and may even help fight the HIV virus—impressive!
Like most things in life – Moderation is key
One concern with Cassia cinnamon is that it has high levels of coumarin, a naturally-occurring substance that may be harmful for some people. Coumarin, in high doses, can cause liver damage in some sensitive individuals. Studies have found Cassia powder had up to 63 times more coumarin than Ceylon (which has ultra low levels of coumarin). Take caution in consuming coumarin in large quantities over prolonged periods of time. This is especially a concern for people who use cinnamon medicinally and in supplement form.
Most of us don’t need to be too concerned about liver damage by consuming a moderate amount of cinnamon, but it’s still worth noting if you use cinnamon on a regular basis like I do!
Both varieties of cinnamon have potential health benefits including inducing a blood sugar-lowering effect. It’s not possible, at this time, to say which one has more health benefits, but Ceylon cinnamon has less potential to cause harm when used/consumed regularly.
Either way, cinnamon is a great way to add flavor with additional health benefits!
Some cinnamon per day keeps the doctor away?
In case that headline is not entirely true, let’s add apples for good measure! Check out our baked apples for another recipe if, like us, you’re wondering what to do with all your apples and enjoy more yummy cinnamon flavor! But for now, let’s make some applesauce!Print
Homemade applesauce that is spiced with nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon! Easy and delicious!
- 6 apples (washed, roughly peeled, chopped, cores/seeds removed)
- 1 cup water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ideally Ceylon cinnamon!)
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Place the apples in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add water, lemon juice, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil and let simmer 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft
- Puree using a blender, food processor or potato masher, until smooth
- Store in refrigerator or freeze for up to a year
- Adjust the consistency by adding more water to make it thinner as desired
- Adjust the sweetness by adding more brown sugar (or sweetener of choice) as desired
- This applesauce is delicious hot or chilled
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