December Spice Club – Cinnamon

Spice Club decorative cover photo.

Try something new! Our featured spice for the month of December is Cinnamon. You’re welcome to pick up a Spice Club kit beginning Friday December 1st at 10am. The kit will contain:

  • a sample of the spice
  • recipe cards
  • history of the spice
  • a list of cookbooks you can check out from the library

Spice Club kits go fast! Unable to make it in time to grab one of your own? Try out a recipe! The three recipes included in the kit are linked below.

Cinnamon Quick Facts

  • Cinnamon is a spice that is derived from the dried inner bark of a bushy evergreen tree. The tree itself is a member of the laurel family and is native to Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India, and Myanmar. The tree is also cultivated in South America and the West Indies.
  • The spice is used to flavor baked goods, confections, curries, and beverages.
  • The spice’s essential oil is used in food, liqueur, perfume, and drugs.
  • Cinnamon was once considered more valuable than gold! It was used in Egypt for embalming and religious practices, and in medieval Europe for religious rites and as a flavoring. “Later it was the most profitable spice in the Dutch East India Company trade.”
  • The cinnamon tree rarely grows more than 49 feet in height. The leaves are thick, simple, and oval. The young leaves are red and mature to a deep green.

Information Source

Questions about Spice Club? Contact Ashley at 315-785-7714 or send her an email.