The History Behind Cinnamon

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Origin of the Spice

Cinnamon, which is actually the dried bark of the laurel tree, has been used since antiquity. This powerful spice was used in Egypt, Rome, and China. Native to Sri Lanka, cinnamon can be produced from many species of laurel. The “real” cinnamon of old comes from the C. zeylanicum tree, but most modern cinnamon comes from the C. cassia tree.

Botanical Information

The part of cinnamon we use is actually the bark from a tree. It naturally rolls up once removed and dried.

Common Culinary Uses

Cinnamon is used to add flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. It also adds a great aroma to all dishes it is used in.

Health Benefits

  • Powerful medicinal properties
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties
  • May cut risk of heart disease (it reduces levels of cholesterol
  • Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections

Interesting Facts

“Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.”