Cinnamon is a common spice that can help combat various serious illnesses
11/26/2014 3:43:13 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Cinnamon has a Christmasy feel to it. It’s sweet, fragrant and warm taste is perfect for winter months.
While, the name cinnamon is derived from the Greek word kinnamomon and was a prized object that was considered a gift fit for Gods and kings, the spice itself is native to the South Asian region growing abundantly in the Malabar Coast of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Burma.
There are many interesting historical references to cinnamon that make it an important commodity. One such reference is that of traders from the Mediterranean region who kept their sources a secret to enjoy monopoly. Also, in the 1500s, Portuguese traders took over Ceylon’s cinnamon cultivation from the native Sinhalese and even established a fort to protect the crop. The Dutch later dislodged the Portuguese and finally the British took control of Ceylon from them.
But cinnamon was also used for religious purposes – it was used as incense as well as to flavour oil. The ancient Egyptians used it not only to flavour beverages but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.