I immediately think about Christmas when I hear about allspice berry. I think it is the mulled wine or the spiced apple cider that does it. Or possibly the pumpkin pie or spice cake, even gingerbread cookies that this spice livens up with its flavors. These are warm flavors, they taste like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, something you would want to curl up with by the fire are read a book or watch a good movie.
Do not let the warm flavors throw you off though, this spice is also commonly used in making lamb or Jamaican jerk chicken. The warmness brings out a different flavor for the meat and it definitely seems to melt in your mouth. It is worth trying the next time you want to roast some lamb.
The whole berry of the pimento bush, Allspice is the size of a large pea and has a deep rich-brown color. Clove and pepper flavors are very pronounced, especially when freshly ground, which is a strong flavor, but it can lose the flavor quickly. This spice is widely used in Jamaican jerk and Caribbean dishes. It is also nice to use for holiday pastries. It is very common to be used in middle eastern dishes as well as Latin dishes.
Not only does the allspice berry taste good, but it can also be used in medicinal ways. Allspice has been known to help reduce bloating and gas when used in tea. If you have any pain, it can also be used as a topical pain relief if ground and put in a warm cloth and applied to the area. You do want to be careful though as this spice does have oils that can irritate the skin if used too much.
Our allspice berries are very fresh and will be delivered to your doorstep.