Cinnamon

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Cinnamon
Cinnamon foliage and flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Cinnamomum
Species: C. verum
Binomial name
Cinnamomum verum
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Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, synonym C. zeylanicum) is a kind of tree. Sometimes it is used to make a kind of exotic spice. It is very aromatic, sweet and spicy. People usually put cinnamon in sweet baked goods (such as cinnamon rolls), hot wine or liquors. The spice is made from the bark of the tree.

Cinnamon was used to make the spiced wine, claret, in the Middle Ages. In India, cinnamon is commonly used in making flavoured tea. It is either directly added as small pieces or put in powdered form during the preparation of tea. It is known as "Daal-Cheeni" in Hindi.

The Sinhalese name is kurundu and is pronounced /kurundu/. Cinnamon is grown as an export crop in Sri Lanka.