Today, we commonly use cinnamon in both sweet and savoury dishes, such as cinnamon rolls, apple pie, and many Indian meals. Cinnamon or Cinnamomum is a genus of the laurel family, with more than 200 species. The inner bark of these trees is used to make the ground cinnamon spice we know today and can also be used to create aromatic and potent cinnamon oils.Today, we commonly use cinnamon in both sweet and savoury dishes, such as cinnamon rolls, apple pie, and many Indian meals. Cinnamon or Cinnamomum is a genus of the laurel family, with more than 200 species. The inner bark of these trees is used to make the ground cinnamon spice we know today and can also be used to create aromatic and potent cinnamon oils.

Here are some fun facts about this popular spice.

• Cinnamon bark can be cultivated so that it grows into a bush instead of a full-grown tree.

• The largest production of cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka.

• Used as a natural cure for many different ailments, cinnamon contains fiber, iron, calcium, manganese, and zinc.

• Cinnamon is perhaps one of the oldest spices. Its origins trace back to ancient Egypt and are even mentioned in the Bible.

• In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used to embalm bodies.

• This favoured spice is used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

• Cinnamon is commonly used both in food and for medicinal purposes.

• The leaves on a cinnamon tree are anywhere from three to seven inches long and highly fragrant.

• The health benefits of cinnamon explored in ancient China, even being mentioned in a publication about botanical medicine that dates back to 2,700 B.C.

Cinnamon is made from grinding down the inner bark of cinnamon trees.

• Roman Emperor Nero actually burned cinnamon at his wife’s funeral as a show of regret for murdering her.

• Due to its antimicrobial properties, cinnamon can actually be used to preserve other foods.

• Cinnamon was one of the first regular products that were traded between Europe and the Near East.

• In the cosmetic world, cinnamon is used for its pleasant fragrance as well as its natural plumping or “swelling” properties on the lips.

• When grown in the wild, cinnamon trees have a lifespan of forty years.

The Andaman Plantations that grows a huge array of spices and other forms of plantations with the best-ever planters, is a proud cultivator of cinnamon. Cinnamon, better known as Darchini, is the spice extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree.

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