Historically, Ceylon cinnamon has been one of the most precious export items since early evolution of spice trade in the world. There are records of trade in Ceylon cinnamon as far back as ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Arabian, Venice, Greek and Roman times. It was particularly prized for its health in the Middle East. Ancient Egyptians used it as long ago as 2000 BCE and even the Bible makes mention of Cinnamon.
The source of cinnamon was kept as a secret form the Mediterranean and Western world for centuries by the Arabs who controlled cinnamon trade to protect their monopoly. But today it is well known that Cinnamon came from the tiny Island of Sri Lanka located at the tip of India. This is the true home of Cinnamon. At one time, cinnamon was considered more valuable than gold. In fact, it was the quest for Spices that led to exploration of the world in the 15thcentury and cinnamon was the most important spice that attracted the Westerners to Ceylon.