Allspice ( Pimenta or Jamaica pepper ) :
The “allspice” plant, fascinatingly, derives its name from British, who thought it combined the flavour of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves.
Interestingly, the Allspice plant is found in the Western Ghats. The good soil strength in these areas causes the plant to grow well.
- In India, the leaves of the All spices plant are used for preparing meat dishes and chutneys.
- In America, they are used for preparing desserts such as cakes on account of the flavour they provide.
- They are also one of the most crucial ingredients used in Caribbean cuisine. To exemplify, they are used in the Caribbean ‘jerk seasoning’, which is also used for culinary purposes.
Allspice is used for flavouring everything from liquor, baked goods, meat marinades, chewing gum, candies, and mincemeat to the intrinsic flavouring of a holiday favourite.
Allspice oleoresin is a natural mixture of the oils of this myrtle berry and resin often utilized in sausage making.
Pickling spice is actually a combination of ground allspice pimenta and a dozen other spices. Allspice for cooking, however, may occur with either the powdered or whole berry form.
If growing allspice in a climate that is not tropical to subtropical, allspice will do well in greenhouses or even as a houseplant, as it grows well in containers.
Pimenta is one of chief spice ingredients employed in the Caribbean cuisine.
In Jamaica, together with “scotch bonnet” peppers, it is one of the two main ingredients in famous Jamaican jerk spice preparation.
Along with other spices, its mixture (paste) is being used to rub, and to marinate chicken, fish, and meat.
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