Are you grilling fruit this summer? Just as barbecue cooking doesn't have to be limited to savory ingredients (see our recent roundup of grilled desserts!), your skewer options are not restricted to bamboo and metal. Cinnamon sticks make splendid skewers for fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, figs, and pineapple, holding them together and imparting a bit of flavor as they caramelize. While the more common 3-inch cinnamon sticks can hold a couple of peach quarters, for example, also look for 10- or 12-inch cinnamon sticks to make longer kabobs. Gently poke a hole in the fruit with a chopstick or wood or metal skewer first, then push the cinnamon stick through the fruit.
Although we have never tried it, we have also seen mentions of cinnamon sticks used to skewer meats like pork, chicken, and scallops.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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