Europeans have been entranced by the spice for thousands of years, even though it is native only to Sri Lanka. In ancient times, cinnamon was shipped all the way to Egypt by Indian ships, and then peddled in towns on the Mediterranean. The Egyptian traders jealously guarded the secret of how they obtained this ‘sweet wood’. They claimed cinnamon was found on a remote island ruled by terrifying, man-eating birds. The traders risked their lives to snatch it from the nests of these dreaded Cinnamon Birds, which justified an equally daunting price.
Luckily, cinnamon is easier to come by these days. Our cinnamon tea uses broken cinnamon sticks to spice up mellow black tea and create the legendary aroma, prized by the ancients as an aphrodisiac - although let’s be honest, do you trust them now?