Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, but can also be found in regions such as Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Mauritius, Reunion, and Guyana. Cinnamon has been a highly prized spice for thousands of years and was even part of Ancient Egyptian embalming processes. In fact, cinnamon was so valued throughout history that wars were fought between the Dutch and Portuguese over it! In the first century A.D. Pliny the Elder wrote that 350 grams of cinnamon was equal in value to over 5 kilograms of silver! It is rumored that the Roman Emporer Nero burned a year's worth of cinnamon find on the funeral pyre of his second wife Poppaea Sabina in 65 A.D. in an effort to atone for the role he played in her death. Cinnamon was extremely sought after and valued, and it's no wonder considering the numerous uses for cinnamon!
Cinnamon was a historically significant herb in the past and its popularity has continued even into modern day. While most commonly used for fragrance and culinary purposes, cinnamon is revered for the many health benefits it offers as well! Numerous studies have been conducted on cinnamon in relation to potential health benefits, and more promising studies continue to be released.
Cinnamon is also known as; Batavia Cassia, Batavia Cinnamon, Birmazimt, Birmazimtbaum, Canelle de Padang, Cannelier de Malaisie, Cassia Vera, Cinnamon Stick, Fagot Cassia, Indonesian Cassia, Indonesian Cinnamon, Indonesische Kaneel, Indonesischer Zimt, Jaavakaneli, Java Cassia, Java Cinnamon, Kayo Manis Padang, Kayu Manis Padang, Korintje, Korintje Cassia, Korintje Cinnamon, Padang Cassia, Padang Cinnamon, Padang Zimt, Padangzimt, Padangzimtbaum, Timor Cassia.