How to identify the real cinnamon


We think you already have an understanding of real cinnamon harvesting and processing. Today we will explain the quality standards related to real cinnamon and the nutritional data of real cinnamon. This article will also help you identify the true cinnamon in the market.


General Information on True Cinnamon

Understanding the following tips before you go to the marketplace will help you identify the real cinnamon and get the right product for you.

  • Smell – Intrinsically fresh scent
  • Color – Cinnamon sticks range in color from golden to brown. Cinnamon powder yellow to reddish-brown 
  • Flavor – Intrinsically delicate sweetness
  • Moisture – 14% for cinnamon sticks. No more than 12% for cinnamon powder

All cinnamon products must have to be packaging in food-grade packaging.


Quality standards for real cinnamon 

  • The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLS) for Cinnamon has introduced the SLS 81: 2000 standard criteria.
  • ISO 1997: 6539 standard has been introducing by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
  • The US Food and Drug Administration, the European Union, and various countries have introduced standards for each country.

Chemical criteria for SLSI 81 

  • Percentage of ash by dry weight (maximum) – 5.0
  • Percentage of acid solubility ash by dry weight (maximum) – 1.0
  • Percentage (minimum) by weight of volatile oil mg / 100g dry – 1.0
  • Percentage of water (maximum) – 15

It should also be free of other external contaminants, pesticide, and heavy metal levels, shallow and free of microorganisms. 

Classification for identification in cinnamon production

Cinnamon was dividing into nine parts according to its appearance for easy identification during the manufacturing process. This classification is not a classification based on the quality of cinnamon sticks.

  • Quills
Whole cinnamon sticks are called Quills. The inside of the cinnamon sticks should be filling with the same type of cinnamon and air-dried. The length of the cinnamon stick should be 105cm (+5/-5). The cinnamon sticks thus prepared are graded.














  • Cut Quills
Cinnamon sticks are cutting into the required length. These also do the grading.

  • Quillings
Small Broken parts of cinnamon sticks for various sizes and less than 200mm in length, called quillings. It may contain 5% featherings and bark flakes. Outer material should not exceed 2%.


















  • Featherings

Cinnamon sticks are small pieces that break off from the cinnamon bark. Up to 10% by weight may contain elements of bark. Outer material should not exceed 2%.

  • Chips
Cinnamon bark is Mature, dark, leaf-green, brown cinnamon bark. Since the bark cannot be peel, the scraps are removing. Outer material should not exceed 2%.


















  • Ground cinnamon
The cinnamon powder was obtained from ground cinnamon and without external impurities.


















  • Whole Cinnamon

whole cinnamon means All other cinnamon products on the market, except cinnamon powder.

  • Corse
The cinnamon sticks Reddish-brown spots on the surface of cinnamon sticks. These spots can then turn dark brown. 


















  • Bale

Bunch of cinnamon sticks fried together of the same grade. Height should be 105 cm and weight 45Kg or 25 kg.

Cinnamon sticks classification

Cinnamon sticks are dividing into a grade based on the stick’s diameter, the number of bars 105 cm long per kilogram, and the corse percentage. 


*It must be observed and decided from the outside.


The nutritional content of true cinnamon

The nutritional value of cinnamon, according to the USDA Food data central, is as follows.


Name


Amount


Unit

Water

10.58

g

Energy

247

kcal

Energy

1035

KJ

Protein

3.99

g

Total lipid (fat)

1.24

g

Ash

3.6

g

Carbohydrate, by a difference

80.59

g

Dietary Fiber

53.1

g

Sugars, total including NLEA

2.17

g

Sucrose

0.02

g

Glucose (dextrose)

1.04

g

Fructose

1.11

g

Calcium

1002

mg

Iron

8.32

mg

Magnesium

60

mg

Phosphorus

64

mg

Potassium

431

mg

Sodium

10

mg

Zinc

1.83

mg

Copper

0.339

mg

Manganese

17.466

mg

Selenium

3.1

µg

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

3.8

mg

Thiamin

0.022

mg

Riboflavin

0.041

mg

Niacin

1.332

mg

Pantothenic acid

0.358

mg

Vitamin B-6

0.158

mg

Total Folate

6

µg

Folate, food

6

µg

Folate, DFE

6

µg

Choline, Total

11

mg

Betaine

3.9

mg

Vitamin A, RAE

15

µg

Carotene, beta

112

µg

Carotene, alpha

1

µg

Cryptoxanthin, beta

129

µg

Vitamin A, IU

295

IU

Lycopene

15

µg

Lutein + zeaxanthin

222

µg

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

2.32

mg

Tocopherol, gamma

10.44

mg

Tocopherol, delta

0.26

mg

Vitamin K

31.2

µg

Fatty acids

0.345

g

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

31.2

µg

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.345

g

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.246

g

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.068

g

Cholesterol

0

mg

Tryptophan

0.049

g

Threonine

0.136

g

Isoleucine

0.146

g

Leucine

0.253

g

Lysine

0.243

g

Methionine

0.078

g

Cystine

0.058

g

Phenylalanine

0.146

g

Tyrosine

0.136

g

Valine

0.224

g

Arginine

0.166

g

Histidine

0.117

g

Alanine

0.166

g

Aspartic acid

0.438

g

Glutamic acid

0.37

g

Glycine

0.195

g

Proline

0.419

g

Serine

0.195

g

  • The percentage of coumarin in true cinnamon is very low.

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