Guatemala. Ground in the UK
Product: Organic Allspice, Ground
Latin Name: Pimenta dioica syn. Pimento officinalis.
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Other Names: Jamaica Pepper, Clove Pepper, Myrtle Pepper, Pimento, Newspice, Tout-Épice, Piment Poivre de la Jamaïque, Jamaikapfeffer, Pimiento de Jamaica, Aromatopeperi, Pepe di Giamaica & Guayabita.
Description: Allspice berries come from an aromatic evergreen tree native to the Caribbean, Central and South America which grows to a height of 10-18 metres. The leaves are aromatic, dark glossy-green in colour on the upper surface and paler green on the underside, leathery, elliptically, oblong and 10-20cm in length. The tiny, hermaphrodite, 4-petaled flowers are white and present in pyramidal cymes white develop in the leaf axils. The female flowers bare the fruits which present as clusters of green ripening to brown berries, which are 3-7mm in diameter.
Brief History: Throughout the centuries allspice has been used for many things such as for curing meat and poultry, in cosmetics and aftershaves, in mixtures to help soothe the teeth and gums -allspice contains eugenol, a chemical also found in cloves used for the same purpose in the dental industry - and due to its rubefacient (warming) properties, it’s even been sprinkled into the boots of Russian soldiers to help keep their warm during WWI.
Ingredients: Dried and ground berries of organic Pimenta dioica.
Allergy Advice: Allspice contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEAllspice is a key ingredient in Caribbean jerk seasoning, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, try adding it to stuffing’s nut roasts, stews, casseroles, sausages, ketchup, sauces, jams and pickles. Add to spiced breads, cakes and biscuits and use to make mulled wine and spiced cordials. Try roasting carrots and sweet potatoes together with a drizzle of honey and light dusting of ground allspice for a delicious spicy accompaniment to chicken and pork.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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