Organic Allspice, Ground
Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, Myrtle pepper, pimento, or newspice, is a spice which is the dried unripe fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. The name 'allspice' was coined by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of several spices, such as cloves, pepper, and even cinnamon and nutmeg.
Allspice is used in a variety of foods, mainly as a background flavor in combination with other sweet spices, e.g. in bakery items such as spice cakes and cookies. It is also used extensively in the processed meats industry, primarily in two forms: the essential oils (pimento leaf and pimento berry) and the oleoresin, to some extent, in products like bologna and wieners. It is used whole in pickling spices for corned beef, sauerbraten and fish. Allspice is a major flavor contributor to Caribbean and Jamaican foods and spice blends. The German, Italian and Scandinavian people use more allspice per capita than do other nationalities. Cultivation:
Allspice is a small shrubby tree, quite similar to the bay laurel in size and form. It can be grown outdoors in the tropics and subtropics with normal garden soil and watering. Smaller plants can be killed by frost, although larger plants are more tolerant. It adapts well to container culture and can be kept as a houseplant or in a greenhouse. The plant has separate sexes, hence male and female plants must be kept in proximity in order to allow fruits to develop.