National Cinnamon Crescent (Croissant) Day Date in the current year: April 10, 2016

National Cinnamon Crescent (Croissant) Day April 10 is National Cinnamon Crescent Day. As far as crescent is the same as croissant, French pastry lovers can enjoy this holiday with their favorite treats.

Cinnamon has been there for ages. The first mentions of cinnamon date back to 2800 BC. This spice was very valuable in Ancient Rome, where it cost more that silver and gold. During the Middle Ages one could tell person's social rank and fortune by the number or spices, especially cinnamon, they could afford.

Cinnamon is known not only for its distinctive flavor. It was also used in the embalming process in Ancient Egypt. The bark of cinnamon tree has shown promise in medicine and it could be used to treat arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, memory function, leukemia and lymphoma.

Did you know that cinnamon can be different? Two different types of trees are used for cinnamon production: cassia and cinnamon. Cassia is often sold as cinnamon, although it's cheaper and differs from true cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon has got a sweet flavor most people are familiar with. True cinnamon from the cinnamon tree has less sweet, citrusy and more complex flavor. This spice is referred as old-fashion cinnamon and it's used for special flavors of Mexican and English sweets.

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