Cinnamon, which is used in both sweet and savory foods, is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum . Cassia is also another name for cinnamon. The Hebrew Bible makes specific mention of the spice many times. Highly prized among ancient nations, cinnamon was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs. Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. Many articles referred to cinnamon as the miracle spice because it is believed to have numerous medicinal purposes. Several studies have tested chemicals extracted from cinnamon for various possible medicinal effects.
PINCH OF WISDOM: Christians need to flavor the world we live in much as cinnamon flavors the food we eat. We need to be thought of as people who add spice and flavor to any group. As cinnamon was highly prized in the ancient world, so we, too, can be highly prized as a friend in our neighborhood and our world.
TASTE OF SCRIPTURE: “Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.” Philippians 2:15 (The Message)
RECIPE OF THE DAY
Persimmon Pudding (old recipe from handwritten cookbook of Thelma Carter)
1 cup of persimmon pulp
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
I teaspoon of vanilla
¼ teaspoon soda
Bake at 325 in greased pan about 45 minutes. Pudding will rise, but will fall when removed from oven.