Cinnamon has been known from antiquity. Aromatic bark of an evergreen tree of Ceylon cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum) was known in Ancient Egypt and in China for two thousand years before our era. In the Egyptian manuscript found mention of how far the country had sent several ships, who returned several months later with a cargo of ivory, gold and cinnamon. For the price, at the time, cinnamon was comparable to gold. Preserved information that in Ancient Greece, 35 kg of cinnamon was estimated at 5 kg of gold, and in some countries the price has increased to 1 kg of gold per 1 kg of cinnamon. In those days the spice sometimes paid wages and taxes. Fragrant
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Unlike cocoa powder and cocoa butter, cacao beans contain the most valuable thing you can get from chocolate. Since this is not yet processed fruits, it is possible to buy cocoa can be stored together with vitamins. Only then you can dispose of all the useful minerals of chocolate nuts.
Cocoa beans: how it all begins?
In the so-called “chocolate belt” countries that produce major amounts of cocoa beans) grow trees of the genus Theobroma – cocoa trees. Several months in the care of these trees they ripen elongated
fruits, like lemons. The fruit of the cacao tree is very large – one of them can weigh from 300 grams to one kilogram.
When the fruit open, inside you can see the pulp that surrounds the most valuable – cocoa beans. About 50 cocoa beans is one fruit, about as much is spent on one or two tiles of the finished Continue reading
Beautiful morning. All night voila winter, and now the rays of the sun playing outside in the snow. It’s nice to sit here in the morning-sleepy cafes and expect a cappuccino. “Your cappuccino with cinnamon ’, the waiter puts the Cup, and the head already around goes from the magical aroma of Oriental spices.
The smell of cinnamon gradually fills the body and soul
with warmth, inspires and soothes, removes the feeling of loneliness and brings calm, carries away the bad thoughts and adjusts to the positive.
The warming spice known in the East since ancient times. The merchants who brought her to Europe and sold at fantastic prices, wrote about cinnamon incredible stories. If you get the spice in the nests of unseen birds or taking away from scary animals, like rats. The great philosopher Aristotle questioned all these legends. And his disciple Theophrastus for the first time suggested that the spice is extracted from trees. Continue reading