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Cinnamon

Cinnamon

General Description: Cinnamon is harvested from the dried bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. Shoots are stripped from the inner bark and left to dry. The shoots then curl up into rolls which are the familiar cinnamon sticks (“quills”) which we see in the marketplace.

Uses: Cinnamon is widely used in deserts, coffee drinks, chocolate, and candy. It is also often used in the Middle East to enhance the flavor of savory dishes such as lamb and chicken.

History: Cinnamon is documented to be imported to Egypt from China as early as 2000 B.C. The Romans believed it to be sacred and Nero is said to have burned a year's supply of cinnamon at the funeral for his wife. It was also a strong motive for exploration in the 15th and 16th century.

Origin: Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. North America imports much of it’s supply from Vietnam, China, and South America.

Shelf Life: 2-3 years