That spicy yet bitter and sweet taste of cinnamon has been around for thousands of years. It’s dated back as early as 2,000 B.C. by the Egyptians. It was even used as a perfume agent.
There is evidence that suggests that cinnamon was used in the ancient world, and Arab traders brought it to Europe where it was equally popular. As cinnamon was transported by Arabs, it was seen as a limited and expensive supply, and the spice eventually became a status symbol in Europe in the Middle Ages. Cinnamon was once for the elite and was hot commodity that was difficult to obtain.
Aren’t you happy that you can simply buy as much cinnamon as you want in your local grocery store today?
Fun Facts About Cinnamon:
- Cinnamon is the inner bark of cinnamon trees.
- Cinnamon is a spice that can be used on savory and sweet food.
- Studies show that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar, smelling cinnamon stimulates brain activity, it is a natural preservative, and anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory.
- Cinnamon is one of few spices that can be consumed directly.
- There are four varieties of cinnamon. The most popular are ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. All four differ in texture, color, and have slight flavor differences.
Cinnamon is often used in Moroccan food. The picture below is a Moroccan dish called B’Stilla, which is served at Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro. This dish contains baked stuffed phyla herb saffron chicken, orange blossom water and honey cinnamon almonds.