History of Cinnamon

Mankind has been associated with cinnamon since Egyptian era.The gentle and subtle flavor of cinnamon causes those who know its story to call it the "Immortal Spice". The use of the dried bark of the cinnamon tree to add flavor to cooked food dates from the ancient world. "Cinnamon-wood" is mentioned in an hieroglyphic record of Queen Hatshepsut who lived about the year 1500 B.C. The first specific mention of the use of cinnamon for culinary purposes in the West comes in a cookery account of the first half of the fifth century A.D.

In the words of the Portuguese historian Diogo do Couto, Ceylon Cinnamon is found from the age of Parakramabahu II (1236-1270) that the Island began to be famous in the world on account of the much and very fine cinnamon that its jungles yielded. By the time the use of cinnamon had spread to the furtherest corners of the "Old World".

Some scholars speculate that upper crust of Europe"s society consumed large quantities of cinnamon in Middle Ages to cover of up the taste of meat which began spoiling during winter. It was a symbol of wealth, considered as valuable than gold, cinnamon was the causes of trade wars among the Portuguese, Dutch, French and English, who fought for the control of cinnamon trade in Sri Lanka.