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Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree. It is a world wide popular spice, a spice that can always be bought in the store, but nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing that you have grown this spice, this tree. The homeland of the cinnamon tree is Sri Lanka and South India, but these trees are also grown in China, Vietnam, Indonesia. It will take a lot of patience and time to grow such a tree at home. It requires a well-lit area and regular watering. The slightest miss will be enough for the tree to stop growing and die.
This type of tree only grows in tropical climates that are very hot and humid and will not adapt to other conditions. So this article is more likely for residents of these latitudes.
Once you've verified that your choice of garden space is suitable for the cinnamon tree, you can get down to business.
Find a spot on your property where the cinnamon tree has enough sunlight and will be partially shaded on a hot afternoon. Remove all weeds from the soil, dig in, make sure that there is good drainage of the soil in this place (excess moisture will destroy the seeds) and "drown" them in the ground deep enough so that the last frost does not catch. Water the seeds so that the soil is moist, but the seeds are not submerged.
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The cinnamon tree is grown for 2 years, after which it is cut at the root (the stump remains, and the roots are in the ground). In a year, about ten new shoots will appear around the hemp. They will be the source of your fresh cinnamon. These shoots should grow for another year, and then they are cut off, the bark is ripped off, which is dried. The dried bark rolls up into tubes, has a pleasant aroma and taste. The thinner the bark, the thinner the flavor. Dried sticks are stored for a long time and do not lose the aroma of cinnamon.
As the cinnamon tree grows back, releasing new shoots, prune it every two years. They will supply you with fresh cinnamon. Use it as cinnamon sticks or ground powder.
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Cinnamon is used in cooking for the preparation of desserts, chocolate, as a flavoring agent for alcoholic and hot drinks. In Asia, it is added to a mixture of spices. Cinnamon also has antioxidant properties. The most valuable is cinnamon from Sri Lanka, because made from very thin, soft bark. Cheap cinnamon is produced in Vietnam, China and some other countries, however, it is of no value (coarse layers of bark are used), although the aroma is the same. This cinnamon often contains the unhealthy substance coumarin. In large doses, it can cause headaches, liver damage, and hepatitis.