UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 23: Cryptocarya densiflora, Lauraceae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Little-Known Connection Between Avocados And Cinnamon
Avocados and cinnamon rarely get put into similar categories, since one is a bark used to spice your food, and the other is a fruit. However, the two are actually much more closely related than might appear at a glance — the trees that produce these treats are both in the same family of the plant kingdom, the lauraceae.
The trees in lauraceae are grouped together because they usually have a single cavity ovary that produces a single-seeded fruit. Avocados, cinnamon, and even bay leaves all come from different types of trees within this family, though each has different features depending on their genus and species.
All three come from different parts of their respective trees as well. Cinnamon is made using the tree's bark, avocado is the fruit, and bay leaves are the dried leaves. These ingredients look different and have different uses, but at the end of the day, they're all members of the same family.