Biblical Flavors – Cinnamon
These hard candies originated with the cinnamon of Biblical times. The cinnamon spread throughout the world and eventually ended up in North American apothecaries – the birthplace of so many candies. The cinnamon hard candies were a favorite of grandmothers, who carried them in their purses throughout the 20th century. These cinnamon candies embody that history – each piece individually wrapped. Comes in a 6-ounce bag with a with a reusable tie and a brief history on the label.
A Bit of History
The cinnamon we enjoy two day is actually two separate, but related plants: the cassia bark or Cinnamomum aromaticum and the cinnamon, or C. zelandicum. Regardless, both spices actually come from the bark of the tree which is stripped and dried. As for its origins – the cinnamon originated in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar and was brought to Egypt around 2000 BCE. Both the cassia and cinnamon are popular spices, used for food, anointing oils, and incense, among other purposes. Both cassia and cinnamon are esteemed spices in the Bible.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hint of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, …'” Exodus 30:22-2
“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Proverbs 7:17