Allspice Berries – Jamaica

$5.72

If allspice had a theme song, it would be “Please don’t let me be misunderstood.”

1 oz./28g.

Sold By: Spice Jungle

Product Description

PURPOSE

WHAT IS IT?

Occasionally it is called a pepper, because allspice berries, to the early Spanish conquerors, resembled a black peppercorn seed.

 

It is not.

 

Most people assume that Allspice powder is a blend.

 

It is not.  

 

Allspice is a highly versatile fragrant, and taste, that is used in a wide variety of applications, from savories, to sweets.  

It is a staple of Caribbean cuisines. Called ‘pimento’ in Jamaica, it is a core spice in Jamaican Jerk barbecue. 

Other Caribbean cuisines use it as an aromatic for rice, or curries.

Heavily used in Mexican cuisine, it is a key ingredient in

CULINARY GEOGRAPHY

Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras are the biggest commercial growers.

Exported by both the British and Spanish, and easily transplantable to warm climates, Allspice is grown in many parts of the world, but the Jamaican berries are the best.

TRADITIONAL USES

IMPROVISATIONAL 'RIFFS'

THE BACKSTORY

Spanish conquistadores, during the latter part of the 1400s,  thought that these were a variant of peppercorn, due to their appearance.

For years, highly fragrant allspice berries were a cheaper alternative to a combo of more costly spices shipped from farther away. Hence their other name: "Allspice."

For small home pantries, it replaced cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with one. It can be found very commonly in older recipe books of British, and early American baking.

AKA

  • Jamaica pepper
  • Myrtle pepper
  • Pimenta
  • Pimienta gorda
  • Turkish yenibahar
  • Newspice

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