Botanical Name: Pimenta dioica
Countries: Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, costa roica, cuba.
Forms: Whole spice, berry oil, extract, leaf oil
Taste & Smell:Allspice has a highly fragrant and pervasive flavor, which creates more robust flavorings for many dishes. it doesn't necessarily taste like one thing, but a variety of some of the most popular spices used in cooking, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, juniper, ginger, and pepper. It also lends to its name due to its unique flavor profile. The enticing spice is so powerful, that all it takes is just a few sprinkles or drops peppercorns to infuse any dish with its tempting flavor. Because it complements so many foods, both sweet and savory, it can be used for anything you wish, from a warm cup of Chai tea to an infusion of robust flavor in a Jamaican jerk chicken. if you choose to purchase fresh allspice, be sure to check for its pureness, as some companies will apply other spices to accompany the flavor.
- Cooking oil infusion- Can be infused into a variety of plant oils for added taste and aroma.
- Jerk chicken- Blend with other ingredients, such as cloves, sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, and other herbs for infused within your favorite chicken marinade recipe for added spice.
- Use on vegetables- Simply use a dash for carrots, broccoli, string beans, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, and even cabbage for a dash of flavor if you're looking to try something new.
- Pasta- Sprinkle a little allspice in your favorite cheesy pasta dish for unexpected spiciness and to enhance the flavor of the cheese.
- Yogurt- Apply a little to your favorite yogurt for added spice and flavor.
- Coffee- Sprinkle a bit on top of your favorite coffee to enhance its natural aroma and taste.
- Medicinal uses: Allspice is a plant. The unripe berries and leaves of the plant are used to make medicine.
Allspice is used for indigestion (dyspepsia), intestinal gas, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual periods, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, colds, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. It is also used for emptying the bowels.
Some people apply allspice directly to the affected area for muscle pain and toothaches, or put it on the skin to kill germs.
Some dentists use eugenol, a chemical contained in allspice, to kill germs on teeth and gums.
In foods, allspice is used as a spice flavoring.
In manufacturing, allspice is used to flavor toothpaste.