Cinnamon is native to
Sri Lanka and one of the oldest spices in the world. Cinnamon comes from a small,
Laurel like Evergreen Tree. The spice is actually the bark of the tree that is peeled. Once peeled, the outer bark is removed leaving the inner bark to be rolled into a stick. Cinnamon has long been held as an important cooking ingredient as well as a medicinal herb, and is one of the oldest spices in the world. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. It is used in the preparation of chocolate.It is also used in the preparation of some kinds of desserts, such as apple pie, donuts and cinnamon buns as well as spicy candies, tea, hot cocoa, and liqueurs.In medicine it acts like other volatile oils and once had a reputation as a cure for colds. It has also been used to treat diarrhea and other problems of the digestive system. Cinnamon is high in antioxidant activity. In
India cinnamon is commonly used in meat and rice dishes and in spice blends.