Cinnamon Tea (Iced or Hot)
1 1/4 oz cinnamon bark pieces
2 quarts of water
1. Measure 1 1/4 oz. of Ceylon cinnamon bark pieces.
2. Place cinnamon sticks in 2 quarts of water breaking the sticks into smaller pieces (yet not creating powder). This will help to create better flavor in the tea.
3. Bring to a boil for 2 - 3 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, cover, and let simmer for 3 - 5 hours (the longer the better)
5. Pour the steeped tea though cheese cloth.
6. Chill in clean container in the refrigerator.
NOTE: There is some debate over the differences and health benefits between
different species of cinnamon. You can get some basic background about that on here (on Wikipidia).
Bottom line there are at least four major species to consider:
- Cinnamomum verum ("True cinnamon", Sri Lanka cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon)
- C. burmannii (Kirintje, Padang Cassia, or Indonesian cinnamon)
- C. loureiroi (Saigon cinnamon, Vietnamese cassia, or Vietnamese cinnamon)
- C. cassia (Cassia or Chinese cinnamon)
BOTTOM LINE: At Rainforest Spices they cultivate Ceylon cinnamon which they informed us takes longer to grow than Cassia cinnamon. We watched as someone took a large knife to a tree branch to peel the bark just like someone would peel a potato.
Once the layer under the bark was exposed they peeled the next layer - the cinnamon layer - into another container.
That's the part that ends up in a bag for sale in the spice shop.