Also known as pimento, the allspice berry imparts flavours reminiscent of cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves with a hint of pepper. Allspice is a single small berry from the Jamaican bayberry tree. It is the dried unripe fruit which has a brown colour. Its heavy sweetness lends allspice a great deal of versatility. It is key ingredient of Caribbean cuisine. It also contains essential oils with anti-microbial components and health benefits. It is a vital ingredient in Jamaican Jerk seasoning.
Culinary Notes :
- Use in poached fish stock, vegetable and fruit pickles.
- Allspice berries are one of the key influential spices in jamaican cooking.
- Use to flavour curry blends, chutneys and rice dishes
- Use in pickles, in picking spices and sweet dishes as pickling cakes
- It combines well with chilli powder, cloves, coriander, garlic, ginger, and black pepper.
- Use to add flavour to tomato based dishes with spinach and ricotta.
- Use to make seasoning for beef, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken
- It goes well with beans, breads, cabbage, carrots, lentils, parsnips, peas, squash, turnips
- Bouquet: pungent and aromatic, like a combination of nutmeg, clove , ginger and cinnamon.
- Flavour: warm and sweetly pungent with peppery overtones.
- Hotness Scale: 4
Allspice has an essential oil known as eugenol, which is responsible for it’s many health benefits. It helps to treat digestive problems, reduce pain and also has anti-microbial properties. It can additionally help to improve circulation and has antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
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pimiento Jamaica Pepper, Bay Rum Berry, Pimenta dioica, kurundu, myrtle pepper, pimento, newspice, clove pepper, pimento, toute-épice, jamikapfefer, kabab cheene, seetful, pimiento de Jamaic, Pimento Berries