Cinnamon is one of the oldest and most commonly used spice in the world. It is native to Sri Lanka and is now grown in most hot, wet tropical regions of the world. Because cinnamon has a wonderful fragrance, slightly sweet but pepper flavor it can be used to flavor many dishes, both sweet and savory. Cinnamon is frequently confused with cassia bark which looks and tastes similar to cinnamon, but is both less expensive and less intense. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a specific species of evergreen tree; the bark is then peeled form the tree and dried in the sun to form sticks or ‘quills’, and then ground to a fine powder for ease of use and measuring.