Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar
Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar
Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar
Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar

Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar

Madagascar cinnamon powder comes from the Cinnamomum verum variety, ranked among the best in the world by chefs. Opt for this cinnamon with exceptionally rich and deep aromatic notes. Explore a unique taste experience with delicate and persistent cinnamon, offering a symphony of soft, warm and slightly sweet flavors.

  • Power of the spice: 6/10
  • Main notes: a sweet and delicate cinnamon on the palate
  • Use: Perfect for enhancing the taste of all savory dishes, especially meats
  • Origin: Madagascar

Discover our Madagascar cinnamon powder. Get the best quality Malagasy cinnamon at a great price. Transform your kitchen with the best cinnamon in the world.

At Comptoir de Toamasina, immerse yourself in the experience of acquiring a cinnamon stick with a unique and intense flavor.

Packaging
CANMM50
€4.21
5 2024
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5/ 5

 

CINNAMON POWDER FROM MADAGASCAR: THE ULTIMATE BUYING GUIDE, RECIPES AND USES

Buy cinnamon powder at Comptoir de Toamasina .

Cinnamon, an aromatic spice prized throughout the world, is used both in our sweet delights and in our savory dishes.

Originally from the cinnamon tree, a tree formerly known as "Ceylon" and native to Sri Lanka, cinnamon has since conquered palates with its distinct flavor.

However, it is Madagascar cinnamon powder that is emerging as a star, renowned for its exceptional taste.

Throughout this article, let’s dive into the various dimensions of this enchanting spice.

Discover why Madagascar cinnamon powder has risen to the rank of essential in the kitchen, becoming the perfect companion to elevate your culinary creations to a whole new level.

Whether you are new to the subject or a seasoned chef, this guide will reveal everything about Madagascar cinnamon powder, from its captivating origins to its many tasty uses.

Get ready to explore a world of flavors and culinary possibilities with this exceptional spice.

BUT WHAT IS CINNAMON FIRST OF ALL?

Cinnamon is a precious spice which is extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree. True cinnamon comes from the inner part of the bark of the stems of Cinnamomum verum. This area is where the essential oil resides, giving the spice its distinct scent. On the other hand, the outer part of the bark has an acidic taste which detracts from the delicate flavor of the internal cinnamon.

For a long time, there has been confusion in the world of delicatessen and trade between different sources of cinnamon all commonly called "cinnamon" in French. In English, two terms  exist: “cinnamon” and “cassia” . These products come from the bark of plants of the Cinnamomum genus. Only C. verum provides true cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon, while the others produce secondary varieties called "cassia" by the English.

However, not all of these varieties are available on the European market. For example, cinnamon from C. cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is mainly marketed in the United States and Southeast Asia. Similarly, cinnamon from C. loureirii (Cochinchina cinnamon) is rare outside Vietnam due to its inferior quality.

The best quality cinnamon comes from Cinnamomum verum, a tree widely distributed in Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

WHY CHOOSE MADAGASCAR CINNAMON POWDER ?

Let's discover together the quality and particular flavor of Madagascar cinnamon.

Compared to Ceylon cinnamon or that from Indonesia, Madagascar cinnamon powder is very popular for its finer and sweeter flavor. The aromas of cinnamon from Madagascar are of exceptional quality, and the powder is easily used to sweeten and flavor various recipes. Compared to our Ceylon cinnamon, Madagascar cinnamon will have more peppery and spicier notes. It is more frank in the mouth than Ceylon cinnamon. 

  • What is the flavor of Madagascar cinnamon?  It is a cinnamon with sweet and fragrant notes. It is long in the mouth with a peppery touch

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum cinnamon is a cinnamon that will thrill your taste buds. With it's warm, spicy, fresh and sweet notes. For us, it is the best cinnamon in the world. 

PRACTICAL ASPECT OF GROUND CINNAMON: HOW AND WHY TO GRIND IT?

Powdered cinnamon, also called ground cinnamon, is obtained after allowing the bark of the tree to dry and then grinding. It is particularly practical to use in culinary preparations. Lightly sprinkling cinnamon on your desserts or even in your savory dishes allows you to vary and discover new unique flavors. You don't need to grate or brew it.  

ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF MADAGASCAR CINNAMON

The history of cinnamon in Madagascar begins with the Dutch who introduced it. Today, Madagascar is recognized as a producer of high quality spices, particularly cinnamon. Appreciated for its unique aroma, Madagascar cinnamon is sweeter and more complex than commonly used cinnamon.

THE DIFFERENT USES OF CINNAMON POWDER

Madagascar cinnamon is an incredible cinnamon, you will be able to sweeten desserts and sweet preparations with cinnamon. 

There is no doubt that cinnamon is very popular in desserts. As evidenced by the emblematic gingerbread, or even the Dutch speculoos biscuits, cinnamon has a special place in sweet cuisine. A simple pinch of cinnamon powder can go through preparations and give them a rich, complex flavor.

  • You can also use vanilla in savory dishes; we will present you with some tips and ideas. 

Who says cinnamon does not necessarily mean dessert. The spice also fits perfectly into savory dishes. Indeed, ground cinnamon is often used to enhance the flavors of tagines, or goes wonderfully with ginger and nutmeg to flavor soups and stews.

  • Use of cinnamon in the preparation of drinks and cocktails

Cinnamon can also be found in your drinks, it goes perfectly with hot milk for a cozy moment, or even sprinkled on your fruit salads for a touch of spicy sweetness Without forgetting the traditional mulled wine where cinnamon enhances the flavors of the beverage.

HOW TO DILUTE CINNAMON POWDER?

Cinnamon powder can be diluted in different ways depending on the intended use. Here are some common ways to dilute cinnamon powder:

  1. In liquids:

    • Simply add cinnamon powder to liquids such as water, milk, tea or coffee.
    • Stir well to ensure even distribution.
  2. In culinary preparations:

    • Incorporate cinnamon powder into recipes while cooking.
    • It mixes easily with sauces, soups, stews, desserts, etc.
  3. In infusion:

    • Add powdered cinnamon to hot water to create an infusion.
    • Leave to infuse for a few minutes, then filter before consuming.
  4. In hot drinks:

    • Simply sprinkle cinnamon powder on hot drinks like hot chocolate, coffee, or milk.
    • You can also mix cinnamon with other spices to create a custom blend.
  5. With oils or fats:

    • Mix cinnamon powder with oils or fats to create aromatic pastes.
    • This can be added to marinades, sauces or even grilled dishes.

It's important to note that cinnamon is a powerful spice, so start with a small amount and adjust to your preference. You can also experiment with different dilution methods to find the one that works best for your recipe or drink.

HOW AND WHERE TO BUY THE BEST CINNAMON POWDER FROM MADAGASCAR?

Discover the Excellence of Madagascar Cinnamon at Le Comptoir de Toamasina

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Madagascar cinnamon, a spice with exceptional aromatic power, ready to awaken your culinary senses. For an incomparable taste experience, turn to Le Comptoir de Toamasina, the French specialist in the purchase of cinnamon from Madagascar.

At Comptoir de Toamasina, we have established a reputation for excellence by carefully selecting the highest quality cinnamon, harvested from the rich and fertile lands of Madagascar. When we think of Madagascar we think of  Madagascar vanilla ,  Madagascar pepper ,  wild Madagascar pepper  but also cinnamon stick. 

This cinnamon, resulting from traditional know-how and an exceptional terroir, offers an incomparable taste experience. Its captivating aroma and beautiful aromatic power make it an essential ingredient to enhance your creative recipes.

When you choose Le Comptoir de Toamasina, you opt for the quintessence of Madagascar cinnamon. Explore our online store and let yourself be seduced by the exceptional quality of our cinnamon, ready to transform your sweet and savory dishes into true culinary masterpieces. Make every bite a memorable experience with Madagascar cinnamon from French specialist, Le Comptoir de Toamasina.

HOW IS CINNAMON HARVESTED, DRIED AND GRINDED INTO POWDER - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

During my trip to Madagascar in 2013, I went to see cinnamon production. And out of curiosity I did the same thing in Brazil and discovered similar working methods. 

The two cinnamon producing regions in Madagascar

The origin of our raw material is anchored in our agricultural cooperatives in Fénerive and Manakara, located on the east coast of the island.

Our teams in the field train producers in our partner sectors, equipping them with the skills necessary to exploit cinnamon trees sustainably. For example, they acquire a cutting method aimed at preserving trees while encouraging the multiplication of young shoots.

We collaborate with certified organic and Fair for Life farmer sectors, underlining our commitment to responsible practices.

Cinnamon tree in Madagascar

The cinnamon tree, which can reach a height of 15 to 20 meters, is kept at a height of 2 meters by the farmers in order to facilitate its exploitation.

Collection of Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon is harvested by scraping the bark of cinnamon trees after being harvested on the vine. Once harvested, the cinnamon bark is dried and rolled up on itself to form sticks. To get more perfect cinnamon pipes, they can be ironed by hand. Once dried, the cinnamon, the raw material is transported to our factory. Upon arrival, each batch of cinnamon undergoes rigorous control. The cinnamon is then carefully dried and sorted, then, depending on the product range, it is cut, crushed or pulverized with the greatest care to preserve its essential oil content.

DELICIOUS AND EASY RECIPES WITH CINNAMON POWDER

Pear and cinnamon dessert recipe

Cook pears with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon powder for a simple, quick and delicious dessert. A spoonful of yogurt to accompany and that’s it!

Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

Sweet cinnamon applesauce is the ultimate comforting dessert. Add cinnamon powder at the start of cooking to enhance the flavor of the apples.

How to prepare a hot cinnamon drink?

Mix hot milk, honey and cinnamon powder to make a sweet and spicy drink. A perfect drink on a cold winter day!

Also discover my original recipes with cinnamon powder:
 
 

1. Cinnamon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 6 apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Spread the shortcrust pastry in a tart mold and prick the bottom with a fork.
  3. Peel, core and cut the apples into thin slices.
  4. In a bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Arrange the apple slices on the tart base.
  6. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the apples.
  7. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute it over the apples.
  8. Bake the tart for 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.

2. Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • 200 g of honey
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 250g of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 25 cl of milk

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Heat the honey and brown sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. In a salad bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  4. Add the honey and brown sugar mixture and mix well.
  5. Add the egg and milk, mix until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into a buttered cake pan.
  7. Bake the gingerbread for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

3. Chai Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of black tea or 5g of loose tea
  • 2 cups of water 500ml
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon cassia cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Instructions:

  1. In a casserole dish, boil the water with the cinnamon stick.
  2. Add the tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and add the milk, ginger, cardamom and honey.
  4. Heat the mixture over medium heat until hot.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat, filter the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the cinnamon stick and ginger pieces.
  6. Serve the chai latte hot.

4. Cinnamon Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a salad bowl.
  3. Whisk the sugar and vegetable oil until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  6. Add the flour mixture in two batches, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Add the grated carrots and mix.
  8. Pour the batter into a buttered and floured cake pan.
  9. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Cinnamon Bun

Ingredients:

  • 500 g of flour
  • 1 sachet of baker's yeast
  • 80 g of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 125 g soft butter
  • 20 cl of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation :

  1. Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a salad bowl.
  2. Add the eggs and milk, mix until you obtain a homogeneous dough.
  3. Add the soft butter, knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Let the dough sit in a warm, dry place for 1 hour, until doubled in volume.
  5. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1 cm thick.
  6. Sprinkle the cinnamon all over the surface of the dough.
  7. Roll the dough into a tight roll and cut it into slices about 2cm thick.
  8. Arrange the slices in a buttered cake mold.
  9. Let the dough rest again for 30 minutes, until it has doubled in volume.
  10. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  11. Brush the brioche with a little milk.
  12. Bake the brioche for 25 minutes, or until golden and well puffed.

These recipes should delight your taste buds and impress your guests. Don’t hesitate to try them and share your cooking experience!

 

If the cinnamon no longer smells, or if the flavor is really muted, it's time to replace it.

HOW TO BEST STORE MADAGASCAR CINNAMON POWDER?

Tips for using and storing cinnamon

Cinnamon powder should be stored in a cool place, away from light and humidity to maintain its flavor and benefits for as long as possible. It is also advisable to close the bag tightly after use.

Know when and how to use ground cinnamon in your preparations

Like many spices, cinnamon powder must be added at the end of cooking for hot preparations, in order to best preserve its aromatic properties. In cold preparations, simply sprinkle it.

Signs Your Cinnamon Powder Should Be Replaced

Cinnamon powder poses no health risk even if it is old, but it loses its aroma over time. If the cinnamon no longer smells, or if the flavor is really muted, it's time to replace it.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD OF CINNAMON

FAQs about Cinnamon and Cinnamon Powder

1. What is the difference between Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon?

The main difference lies in the origin of the cinnamon trees. Ceylon cinnamon comes from the cinnamon tree "Cinnamomum verum" and is considered the "true" cinnamon. Vraie is the translation of Cinnamon Verum from Latin to French. In France the true word for cinnamon is prohibited by law. Cassia cinnamon comes from different species, including "Cinnamomum cassia". It is more commonly used but has a stronger, sweeter taste.

2. How to store cinnamon powder correctly to preserve its freshness?

For optimal preservation, store cinnamon powder in an airtight container, away from direct light and humidity. Avoid excessive temperature variations and it will retain its aroma for an extended period of time.

3. Does cinnamon have health benefits?

French legislation prohibits us from talking about this subject. 

4. How to incorporate cinnamon powder into savory recipes?

Cinnamon powder can be added to various savory dishes such as stews, soups, marinades and meat dishes. It brings a warm and fragrant dimension without dominating the other flavors.

5. How much cinnamon powder is recommended in sweet recipes?

The amount of cinnamon powder depends on personal taste and the dish. Generally, start with half a teaspoon for a subtle flavor and adjust to your preference. In desserts, it goes well with fruits, chocolate and pastries.

Native country
Madagascar
BOTANICAL SPECIES
Cinnamonum verum
INGREDIENTS
Cinnamon Powder from Madagascar
AROMATIC POWER
6/10
ALLERGEN
Absence
POSSIBLE TRACES OF ALLERGENS
None
PACKAGING
Bottle or Bag
Preparation / Delivery
Preparation within 24 hours - Delivery within 48 hours

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