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All Spice

Also Known As : Pimento, Jamaica pepper, Myrtle pepper, Newspice, Pimenta, Kurundu, Cove pepper, Gandamenasu, Sarvasugandhi, Sarvasukanthi, Bahar, Bhar, Allehande, Harilik pimwnsipuu, Piment, Piment Jamaique, Poivre aromatique, toute-epice, poivre de la Jamaique, Piment Neugewurz, Allgewurz, Nelkenpeffer, Jamaicapfeffer, Englisches Gewurz, Jamaikai szegfubors, Szegfubors, Pepe di Giamaica, Allehande, Ziele angielskie, Pimenta da Jamaica, Yamaiskiy pjerets, Pimienta de Jamaica, Pimienta gorda, Kryddpeppar, Yeni bahar
Technical Name : Pimento diocia

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

Allspice has a pungent and aromatic taste and a combination of flavours that include cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Usage Tips

  1. Allspice is used both in sweet and savory dishes.
  2. It is the hero ingredient of Jamaican Jerk sauce, which is used in stews and desserts in the Middle Eastern cuisine. It is the key flavoring agent in liquors like Chartreuse and Benedictine.
  3. Allspice is also is used in pickles, spiced tea mixes, pies, cakes, and cookies. They are also used in ketchup and cold cuts like sausages as flavouring.

Common names and forms

  1. All spice powder
  2. Kebab Chini Powder
  3. Organic allspice

Description

Allspice is a famous Jamaican spice known for its unique flavour. It is the dried berry of an evergreen tree named Pimenta dioica, which belongs to the myrtle family. These berries are small, dark brown in appearance and have a size little larger than peppercorns. It is believed that allspice was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to Jamaica. It was first named "pimento", which is the Spanish word for pepper, by the explorers during the 16th century, as it resembled peppercorns. However, the English renamed it as allspice because it has a mixture of flavours like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Allspice can be used whole or ground for culinary use.

Health benefits

  • Allspice is has strong anti-inflammatory properties, it can very well lower inflammation and relieve pain in conditions like muscle pain, haemorroids, arthritis, and gout. It also contains analgesic properties that help in pain reduction at the time of injury or surgical recovery.(1)
  • It contains a compound called, Eugenol which is effective in treating digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, bloating and excess flatulence. It also aids in normal and healthy digestion.(1)
  • It is a good source of copper which is a powerful antioxidant that displays anti-ageing benefits like reduction of wrinkles, age spots, and also macular-degeneration.(1)
  • Allspice possesses antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. If it is garled regularly, it protects the gum against bacteria and helps in good dental health.(1)
  • It has a very low Glycemic index, which makes it safe for diabetics. Moreover, it regularises blood sugar levels if frequently consumed as a spice blend in a tea taken before meals.(1)

Selection Guide

It is best to buy whole allspice berries and crush or grind them when needed to get the best flavour. If buying ground allspice, it is best to purchase in small quantities as it loses flavour over time.  

Note

Excessive consumption of allspice can lead to nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, as well as stomach discomfort. It may also cause skin irritation or skin allergies on excessive usage.(2)

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