Cold Weather Seasons- Focus On Allspice
Many people believe Allspice is a mix of various spices sold in one container. If you are one of them, you are about to learn something new!
Allspice is a spice in and of itself, derived from the dried berries of the Pimenta dioica plant. The Pimenta dioica is a slow growing evergreen tree that grows to a height of about 30 feet. It’s native to a relatively small geographical region: West Indies, Southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Commercial allspice is generally produced in Central America.
As the name suggests, the flavor resembles a few substances combined. Indeed, if you run out of Allspice, a trip to the store may not be necessary. You can make a substitute by mixing equal parts ground cloves, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg.