03/17/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Mar 17, 2014

The Truth About Where Cinnamon Comes From


Do you know where cinnamon comes from? It's a spice we use all the time, but do you know where it grows and how it comes to be in our cinnamon buns? Cinnamon is one of those sweet spices that is so versatile -- in and outside the kitchen -- that we might even take it for granted sometimes.

It goes well in savory dishes like soups and tagines, and can do wonders on meat and chicken. It also shines in desserts, like churros and cobblers, and is your best friend at breakfast. You can also use it in your beauty routine. It can help out around the house and it may even have some healing properties. Cinnamon makes us think of Christmas and cozying up in front of the fire, but it also makes us think of apple pie in the fall and cinnamon sugar doughnuts at the summer farmers market.

As much as we use cinnamon, it's not wholly apparently where we get it from. Its origin may surprise you, but if you give that cinnamon stick a second look, it will probably start to make a whole lot of sense.

Where Cinnamon Comes From

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