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Cinnamon

Cinnamon Cinnamon is the second most used spice in the world, next to pepper. Its first earliest recorded use was in China around 2500 BC. It is found in the powder, chunk, and stick varieties. Cinnamon is harvested during the rainy season, and then dried in the sun. Today, there are approximately 100 species of cinnamon. Cinnamon is the dried bark from the tropical evergreen tree Cinnamomum zeylanicum, commonly referred to as ceylon. It is found in Sri Lanka, India, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean. It is the true cinnamon. It is characterized by complex flavors, and citrusy overtones. It became very popular for medicinal uses, so prices sky rocketed. Instead,

Eggplant

Eggplant The eggplant, otherwise known as aubergine, is a fruit characterized by its shape and color. It ranges in color from creamy white to deep purple to black. Asian eggplants are round or long and thin. They are softer than Western eggplant and the flesh is tender and slightly sweet. It is commonly used in stir fries. Western eggplant has a plump pear shape. Eggplants are a member of the nightshade family. Plants in the nightshade family are entirely poisonous except for the fruit, and only the fruit. Eggplants have been cultivated in China since approximately 500 B.C. The Arabs and Persians brought the eggplant to Africa. In the Middle Ages, eggplant was a common food. Today

Sweet Sop

Sweet Sop The Sweet Sop, (Annona Squamosa), is a member of the Annona family. Other members of the Annona family include the soursop, cherimoya, atemoya, and the custard apple. Sometimes the sweet sop is called a sugar apple. Sweet sops grow on a tree that ranges from 10-20 feet in height. Originally form South America, it is now found in many tropical areas. The tree has thin, oblong leaves, with greenish-yellow flowers. The bark and leaves contain annonaime- and alkaloid. Sweet sops range in shape from heart shaped, round, ovate, and conical. They are usually 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The flesh of a sweet sop is almost custard like, arranged in loosely cohering segments, and white

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