Cinnamon is a sweet, aromatic spice that is often used in baking. The cinnamon tree is an evergreen that grows best in a hot, wet, tropical climate, and has long been grown in Sri Lanka, an island south-east of India.
Both true cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) and Cassia (Chinese cinnamon), are derived from the dried inner bark of the tree. Cinnamon sticks are made from long pieces of bark that are rolled, pressed, and dried. The spice is often ground into a powder and used for cooking.
Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin.