Our rich, aromatic cinnamon is a pantry essential with incredible taste. Enjoy in all your recipes, hot or cold drinks, sprinkled on yogurt and more. Cinnamon: The spice of life Cinnamon has been a coveted spice since the days of ancient Egypt. It's the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which when dried, rolls into a tubular form (called"quill"). In medieval times doctors used cinnamon as a medicinal plant, and modern research suggests its health benefits are equally impressive today. Cinnamon has been shown to help the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels and is often recommended as a dietary addition for diabetics. It also provides high amounts of calcium and fiber, and one teaspoon provides 22% of the recommended daily amount for manganese. Cinnamon's essential oils contain active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol that are also being studied for their ability to boost brain activity and for anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties. Tasty Tips and Storage Enjoy cinnamon sprinkled on yogurt, hot and cold cereals, on bread to make cinnamon toast, in smoothies, coffee and tea drinks, and more. It's also a common ingredient in savoury dishes such as middle-eastern lamb, Mexican dishes (black beans, mole sauces, and more). A truly "must-have" ingredient for baking, this is one spice whose uses are truly limited only by your imagination. Store cinnamon in a tightly sealed container or our resealable bag in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground cinnamon will keep at peak freshness for about six months, while cinnamon sticks will stay fresh for about one year. Storing them in the refrigerator can extend shelf life.