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Spotlight On Spices! Issue July 2011revised - Cinnamon or Cassia? Do You Know the Difference?
July 06, 2011

This month we get to celebrate and enjoy blueberries! Today starts the National July Belongs to Blueberries Month.

July is also the national month for Baked Beans, Culinary Arts, Ice Cream, and Hot Dogs. So, embrace your culinary arts skills and release your creative juices. With all of these goodies, there’s no need to wait any longer to enjoy a tasty cookout!

Let’s start the month off with a bowl of delicious and "good-for-you" blueberries enjoyed anyway you like including dusted with a generous sprinkling of a sweet blend made from sweetener or sugar, and this month’s spice of life ...

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Cinnamon - Cassia

Cinnamon and Cassia are different spices harvested from the inner bark of two closely related tropical trees. Ceylon Cinnamon, indigenous to Sri Lanka, is the true cinnamon. In America, Cassia is what is known and used generally as cinnamon, and is grown and cultivated in various countries including China and Vietnam.

The primary differences between the two are: True Cinnamon (Ceylon) is mellow and soft with citrus notes; whereas, Cassia is sharper and sweeter in aroma and taste. Ceylon Cinnamon is especially good with blueberries, apples and other fruit.

Most people know that both Cinnamon and Cassia are found in many traditional sweets, cakes and desserts. Remember too that they are perfect for many savory dishes and spice blends like Chinese Five Spice. These spices can enhance the flavor of: beef, beets, breads, carrots, cereals, chili, chocolate, fruit, pork, pumpkin, rice, squash, and sweet potatoes.

Health Benefits of True Cinnamon (Ceylon):

High in antioxidants, Cinnamon is believed to be useful for read more >>>


July is the Month for:

Blueberries, Baked Beans, Culinary Arts, Hot Dogs, and Ice Cream

Our Favorite National Food Days in July Include:

July 1st - National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

July 1st - National Gingersnap Day

July 3rd - National Eat Beans Day

July 4th - National Barbecued Spareribs Day

July 4th - National Caesar Salad Day

July 5th - National Apple Turnover Day

July 6th - National Fried Chicken Day

July 7th - National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 8th - National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 9th - National Sugar Cookie Day

July 9th - National Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day

July 11th - National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 12th - National Pecan Pie Day

July 13th - National French Fries Day

July 13th - National Beans 'n' Franks Day

July 14th - National Pick Blueberries Day

July 15th - National Tapioca Pudding Day

July 16th - National Corn Fritters Day

July 17th (Third Sunday) - Sundae Sunday

July 17th - National Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18th - National Caviar Day

July 19th - National Ice Cream Day

July 20th (Third Wednesday) - National Hot Dog Day

July 20th - National Lollipop Day

July 20th - National Ice Cream Soda Day

July 20th - National Fortune Cookie Day

July 21st - National Junk Food Day

July 23rd - National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 25th - National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 27th - National Crème Brûlée Day

July 30th - National Cheesecake Day

July 31st - National Raspberry Cake Day

July 31st - National Cotton Candy Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

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Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -


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Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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