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Cold Weather Seasons- Focus On Allspice

October 22, 2016

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.

 

The Pimenta Diocia Tree aka Allspice

The Pimenta Diocia Tree is native to the Carribean and Central American region. Common names for this tree are Allspice,  Jamaica Pepper, and Pimento

Dried pimenta dioca berries before being ground into allspice

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