Most people think of spices as being vegetarian or vegan friendly, and for the most part, they are correct. However, there are a few spices that may not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans. One of these is cinnamon. Cinnamon is derived from the bark of certain trees, and the process of harvesting it can involve using animal products. As a result, not all cinnamon is suitable for vegetarians or vegans. However, there are brands that sell cinnamon that has been harvested in a way that does not involve using animal products. So, if you’re looking for a vegan-friendly cinnamon, be sure to check the label before you buy.
Yes, cinnamon is vegan.
Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the bark of certain trees in the genus Cinnamomum. These trees are native to India, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The bark is harvested and then dried, before being ground into a powder. Cinnamon has a sweet, woody flavor that pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. It is often used in baking, as well as in curries and other savory dishes. While cinnamon is generally considered to be vegan-friendly, some vegans may choose to avoid it due to its ties to the spice trade. Cinnamon was historically harvested by slaves in many parts of the world, and as such, it has become associated with exploitation and oppression. However, there are now many brands of cinnamon that are sourced from Fair Trade farms, which provide higher wages and better working conditions for workers. For vegans who are concerned about the ethical implications of cinnamon, these brands offer a more sustainable option.
Vegan cinnamon-related products online or in stores:
Fair Trade cinnamon
Dried cinnamon leaves
Cinnamon bark chips
Cinnamon sticks can be used to make a vegan-friendly cinnamon tea. Add a few sticks to a pot of boiling water, and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the sticks before drinking. Ground cinnamon can be used as a topping for oatmeal or other breakfast cereals. It can also be added to smoothies, yogurt, or baking recipes. Ceylon cinnamon is a type of cinnamon that is often touted as being superior in quality to other types. It has a sweeter flavor and is less likely to cause irritation when ingested in large amounts. Cassia cinnamon is the most common type of cinnamon sold in the United States. It has a strong, pungent flavor and is often used in baking. Saigon cinnamon is another type of cinnamon that has a sweeter flavor. It is harvested from Vietnam and is often used in Vietnamese cuisine. Korintje cinnamon is a type of cassia cinnamon that is commonly used in Indonesia. Vietnamese cinnamon is similar to Saigon cinnamon, but it has a stronger flavor. Organic cinnamon is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Fair Trade cinnamon is sourced from farms that provide better working conditions and wages for workers. Cinnamon extract is a concentrated form of the spice that can be added to recipes for a more intense flavor. Cinnamon oil can be used to make homemade cleaning products or air fresheners. Dried cinnamon leaves can be used to make a type of tea known as “tungkat ali tea.” Cinnamon bark chips can be used as a decoration for baked goods. Cinnamon sugar is a mix of ground cinnamon and sugar that can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or other breakfast items. Candied cinnamon can be eaten on its own as a sweet treat, or used as a decoration for cakes or other desserts.
How to use cinnamon in your vegan cooking:
Cinnamon can be used in sweet or savory dishes. It is often used in baking, as it pairs well with sweet flavors like sugar and chocolate. Cinnamon can also be added to curries and other savory dishes for a touch of sweetness. When using cinnamon in cooking, be sure to start with a small amount, as the flavor can be quite strong. You can always add more if you need to. Here are some recipes that feature cinnamon:
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls: These soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls are made with a vegan-friendly dough and are topped with a sweet cinnamon sugar glaze.
Vegan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake: This coffee cake is made with a vegan-friendly streusel topping that is full of cinnamon flavor.
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts: These vegan-friendly donuts are coated in a sweet cinnamon sugar mixture and can be baked or fried.
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes: This easy recipe features roasted sweet potatoes that are seasoned with cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
Cinnamon Spice Quinoa Breakfast Bowl: This healthy breakfast bowl is made with quinoa, almond milk, and a variety of spices, including cinnamon.
After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that cinnamon is not vegan. While the spice is derived from the bark of a tree, it undergoes a number of processing steps before it reaches our shelves. In many cases, these steps involve the use of animal products, such as bone char and gelatin. As a result, I believe that cinnamon cannot be considered vegan. However, there are some brands that offer vegan-friendly cinnamon products. For those who wish to include cinnamon in their diets, I recommend doing some research to find a brand that meets your needs.