Celebrate the Day
Today is National Cinnamon Croissant Day! People have been making croissant pastries since the 13th century, but cinnamon has been around much longer. The cinnamon spice dates back to China around 2800 BC. In Ancient Rome, cinnamon was worth more than gold and silver. In the Middle Ages, the more spices one could afford, the higher in social rank they were. Spices were a luxury item and cinnamon remained valuable. Cinnamon was used to flavor their drinks, preserve meat, and cure certain ailments. Today, cinnamon is still one of the most popular spices.
Facts about cinnamon: Cinnamon comes from the dried bark of an evergreen tree. The sticks are called “quills.” There are two types of cinnamon–Cassia (Chinese) and Ceylon, the sweeter variety. The world’s largest producer of cinnamon is Sri Lanka. Cinnamon was used as an embalming agent in ancient Egypt. One teaspoon of cinnamon with food can reduce blood sugar levels. Cinnamon spices have been used to repel ants.
In honor of National Cinnamon Croissant Day, bake or purchase a cinnamon croissant and enjoy!