The Almighty Allspice – More Almighty Than You Thought?

AllspiceTis the season for this funny spice that has erroneously been identified as clove or nutmeg.  Even cinnamon and pepper!

You probably recognize allspice as an ingredient in Jerk Chicken, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and in the ubiquitous Pumpkin Pie.  But what you probably didn’t know that allspice berries actually come from the pimiento tree.

Allspice gets its fragrance from the volatile oil of “eugenol”, the same substance that makes clove oil such a well known pain desensitizer.

Eugenol isn’t the only beneficial property that allspice has.  These pretty little berries have more that 2 dozen healing properties!

Allspice is LOADED with anti-oxidants.  Research from Japan showed them to contain ellgalic acid and quercitin – both of which fight oxidative cell damage that can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other chronic health problems.

In studies performed in Costa Rica, it was found that allspice lowered blood pressure in laboratory animals. Herbalists at this time are investigating allspice and many other plants used in herbal medicine as a possible natural hormone replacement.  (Costa Ricans have known that allspice helps the symptoms of menopause for centuries)

Allspice pairs well with: Black pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Cocoa, Cumin, Garlic, Ginger, Mint, Mustard Seed, Nutmeg, Oregano, Turmeric.

Whole allspice has a long shellfire and will keep several years in a dark and dry place. As with other spices, once ground, they will gradually lose its power and flavor.  Something to remember when you buy spices.

What do you use allspice in?  Do you love it, or could you do with out it?


Cat Dillon

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