Cinnamon might seem like a household name. But it can make any dish stand out. Especially if you combine it with apple cider, you can truly take your taste buds on a joyous ride.
But how do you make apple cider donuts and with so many types of cinnamon available out there, which one should you use? In this blog, we will showcase the world’s most unique and tasty cinnamon that will make your dish spectacular.
Wondering what it is? Don’t wait and read on.
Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel
There are tons of cinnamon out there. But when it comes to Royal Cinnamon, nothing seems better. Harvested from the mountains across the ancient Vietnamese capital city of Hue, the Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel is exactly what the name suggests. It’s royal.
The Royal Cinnamon comes from the species called Cinnamomum Loureioi. It is an heirloom variety, which is exported very rarely. And therefore, it will be an honour to have it on your dish.
It is known for its intense spiciness and sweetness, making it different from the other types of cinnamon across the world. Previously, the Cinnamomum Loureioi was known as Saigon cinnamon.
You can sprinkle this delish on meat and tomato-based dishes or incorporate them in your baked goods. Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel can make your dishes extremely delicious that your guests will want more of it.
And when it especially comes to the apple cider donuts, you won’t find better donuts elsewhere. You need something to balance the sweetness and the spiciness in any recipe and that’s exactly why this recipe works so well.
Other ways of incorporating royal cinnamon in your dishes include:
- Sprinkling the cinnamon over your oatmeal and yogurt
- Layering your carrot cake with ginger cream cheese mouse
- Glazing pumpkin spice cookies with cinnamon
- Adding a dash to your cooked vegetables
Where is this cinnamon sourced from?
The Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel comes straight from the mountains in Central Vietnam, which are known in the local language as Quang Nam. The area is not only known for its luscious mountains but also for its spicy and sweet cinnamon since decades.
The market has also shifted a little further north but the area is still pretty well-known for its cinnamon. And the way it is sourced is also unique.
Instead of cutting down precious trees, the farmers make a deep cut across the base of the trees and then let the bark to dry itself for weeks. In this way, it is very easy for the farmers to harvest the trees. At the same time, farmers are able to concentrate the essential oils around the bark instead of causing them to evaporate them.
The bark then dries off and comes off the tree itself. It is also intensely sweet and spicy, particularly because of the concentration of the oils. And the fragrance? You need to smell it for yourself. Your kitchen will alienate beautiful fragrance of cinnamon from blocks away.
Another reason why I like the Royal Cinnamon from Burlap & Barrel is because of its sustainable practices. The company is known for supporting small-scale farmers by eradicating exploitation and educating the farmers about their rights.
They connect smallholder farmers to big markets where they can market their products and services. They educate the consumers about the impact they create when it comes to product traceability and human rights. And as mentioned previously, the company believes in sourcing products through organic and traditional techniques.
The people who work with this company also benefit in a considerable number of ways. This is because they are able to attain greater financial security. They support each other in terms of sorting, packaging, and grinding, which collectively increases the revenue of the farmers.
They are also able to connect with the farmers globally and share knowledge with each other. The company works closely with the farmers in particular in order to identify the unique varieties of spices and especially valuable by-products that are overlooked by the food industry.
Most importantly, the farmers are paid 2-10x the commodity price and since the start of the company in October 2016, the company has paid the partner farmers over $1.3 million.
Make apple cider donuts at your own home!
Who doesn’t love donuts? Spice them up with cinnamon and apple cider, and you can have the most scrumptious treat at your own home.
And who doesn’t want Royal Cinnamon in their dishes? I have an exciting recipe coming soon by which you can make apple cider donuts and incorporate this spicy and sweet cinnamon in your dish.
Not only will you enjoy making the dish but you will also feel good that your ingredients are sourced in a sustainable manner. After all, the impact we create on the environment is important to question and consider.
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