Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is the dried bark of a tree in the laurel family, as is cinnamon. Cinnamon and cassia are closely related, but cassia is stronger and less delicate in flavor.
Americans purchase more than 10.5 million ounces of cinnamon each year.
Cinnamon, chili powder and seasoned salt are the seasonings most frequently found in American homes
Most of the 'cinnamon' sold in the U.S. is actually cassia.
Cinnamon was one of the first known spices. The Romans believed Cinnamon's fragrance sacred and burned it at funerals. It was used in ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago and is mentioned numerous time in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Because Cinnamon was one of the first spices sought in the 15th Century European explorations, some say it indirectly led to the discovery of America.
Cinnamon is one of the flavor components used in 'cola' soft drinks.
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