Product: Allspice Berries
Latin Name: Pimenta dioica syn. Pimento officinalis.
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
Other Names: Jamaica Pepper, Clove Pepper, Myrtle Pepper, Pimento, Newspice, Tout-Épice, Piment Poivre de la Jamaïque, Jamaikapfeffer, Pimiento de Jamaica, Aromatopeperi, Pepe di Giamaica & Guayabita.
Description: Allspice berries come from an aromatic evergreen tree native to the Caribbean, Central and South America which grows to a height of 10-18 metres. The leaves are aromatic, dark glossy-green in colour on the upper surface and paler green on the underside, leathery, elliptically, oblong and 10-20cm in length. The tiny, hermaphrodite, 4-petaled flowers are white and present in pyramidal cymes white develop in the leaf axils. The female flowers bare the fruits which present as clusters of green ripening to brown berries, which are 3-7mm in diameter.
Allspice is a key ingredient in Caribbean jerk seasoning, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, try adding it to stuffing’s nut roasts, stews, casseroles, sausages, ketchup, sauces, jams and pickles. Add to spiced breads, cakes and biscuits and use to make mulled wine and spiced cordials. Whole dried berries can be added to pickles and chutneys, or add them to your peppercorns in a grinder to add a delicious twist to your seasonings. The berries can also be added to pot pourri and scented sachets.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.