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Cinnamon is derived from a bushy, tropical, evergreen tree known worldwide for its fragrance and sweet flavor. Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, India, Ceylon, and Burma, but it is also cultivated in South America and the West Indies.
There are several varieties of cinnamon, each with their own aroma and warm, sweet flavor. For instance, Ceylon cinnamon is buff-colored and mildly sweet in flavor; cassia cinnamon is a dark, reddish brown with a pungent, bittersweet flavor. It is usually the cassia variety which is sold in many countries as cinnamon, including the U.S.
Cinnamon bark is harvested during the rainy season when it's most pliable, then dried until it curls into long quills which are either cut into lengths and sold as cinnamon sticks, or ground into powder.
Today, cinnamon is used in many ways, including as a nutritional supplement. It is used to flavor foods and is especially popular in bakery goods, as well as in liqueurs, perfumes, drugs, gum, incense, and other products.
Cinnamon has been known from antiquity. The Old Testament makes many mentions of the spice, and it was referenced in Chinese texts which date back thousands of years.
Cinnamon has been used in love potions and to perfume wealthy Romans. It was so highly prized at one time it was considered a gift worthy of monarchs and gods. And consider this: it was once more valuable than gold!
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