Cinnamon has a long, rich history in global trade and cooking. Arab merchants controlled the cinnamon trade for hundreds of years, and it came into the European market in the 16th century. It comes from an evergreen tree with oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and berries. Cinnamon is used in many dessert recipes, including apple pie and cinnamon buns. It is also commonly used with coffee, tea, and hot cocoa.