Facts & Trivia: Amoretti Cinnamon Coffee Syrup
Back in December, we posted eight interesting facts about cinnamon, many of which were new to us, even though we’ve been in the kitchen for years. This February, we’d like to share a few more interesting facts about this age-old spice.
- In the Roman era, cinnamon was worth about 15x as much as silver.
- Cinnamon sticks are often referred to as quills.
- Cinnamon is rich in fiber. A single teaspoon of ground cinnamon contains 1.4 grams of fiber. Then again, what else would you expect from tree bark?
- Cinnamon is commonly used to repel ants. That would be a pretty expensive insecticide if you were living in the Roman era!
- Cinnamon is grown in great abundance on the island of Ceylon. In the 1600s, a war between the Dutch and the Portuguese was started over Ceylon’s cinnamon resources. Today, the majority of cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka.
- A teaspoon of cinnamon can actually lower blood sugar levels.
- The earliest stories of cinnamon come from a pretty fantastic source. According to legend, birds in Arabia would fly to an unknown island where cinnamon grew. They would return to Arabia to build their nests, using cinnamon as an element of construction. Arabians would then throw pieces of meat for the birds, who would take it back to their nests. The weight of the meat would cause the nests to collapse. Arabians would gather up all of the cinnamon and then use it themselves or sell it.
- Pliny the Elder, a 1st century Roman philosopher, claimed that this story was created to raise the price of cinnamon.
- Spiced wine goes far back – really far back to the 5th century B.C. The spiced wine we’re referring to is known as Hypocras (named after Hippocrates) and is spiced with cinnamon. Supposedly, you can still find this wine today in some regions of France.
So, if the first eight facts from December weren’t enough, now you have nine more! Our cinnamon coffee syrup, which is made from natural ingredients, is a great way to get your daily dose of cinnamon. Pick up a bottle of our delicious cinnamon premium syrup today! We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Of course, if you don’t like it, we promise to make things right. Please be aware that Amoretti coffee syrups are designed to taste like the real thing – not a sugary imitation.