Jamaica pimento is more commonly called all spice.
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Jamaica Pimento


The Jamaica allspice or pimento berries are actually the fruit grown on the allspice tree, which is a native tree of Jamaica and also found in some places in Mexico and Central America. There are several countries in South East Asia where they grow allspice, but it is normally presumed that the finest quality fruit will come from the cultivation of Jamaica pimento or allspice.

Most Jamaicans will refer to this as pimento, but you will hear additional names such as English Spice, Jamaica pepper, Myrtle pepper and clove pepper. At the time when the Spanish first stumbled upon the berries on the island, these people thought they were peppercorns and as a result they referred to them as "pimienta", which is actually the Spanish word is given to pepper.

The aroma of the allspice fruit is believed to have influenced the name. Most individuals believed it possess a fragrance, which is a combination of several culinary spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The ground allspice is widely used in cooking recipes to add flavor to foods like the Indian curry, cakes, puddings, fruit pies, cobblers and meats, especially the popular Jamaican jerk.

The allspice and cloves is very comparable in taste and one could certainly be utilized for the other in cooking recipes and for medicinal uses. A large number of the chefs and cooks in Jamaica will agree that it is best when the berries are purchase whole and then ground to the potency needed.

A few individuals opt for sprinkling the freshly ground berries on their meals, particularly the hot cereals like oatmeal. So, this can be used in dishes other than for seasoning and is usually taken this way to benefit from medicinal components of the fruit while eating.

The allspice berries tend to be deemed by most as a good herbal treatment for different ailments, such as poor blood circulation, tired muscles and stiff joints. You will also find a high level of the chemical substance known as Eugenol and Tannins, which are actually ingredients for binding the proteins throughout the body. The Jamaica allspice is also utilized as a paste in order to soothe and temporarily alleviate toothache and also as a mouthwash. It will be the mixture of the Jamaican pimento or allspice leaves which is utilized for treating liver problems such as jaundice, diarrhea, ulcers and other skin conditions. There are also products available with the allspice berries in capsules, but the pregnant women are generally advised not to take the spice in this format.

This cultivation of Jamaica pimento or allspice is done throughout the areas of Manchester, St Elizabeth, Trelawny and St Ann. The documented life of this fruit is said to be 7 to 29 degrees with a yearly precipitation of about 0.3 to 4.6 meters and the soil pH around 4.3 to 8.7. The plants are sensitive to cold and normally grow better in a well-drained, silt loam or sandy soil. The plantings will be set up
by transplanting and seeding and the blossoms generally occur 3 months following planting.

The warm and dry climate in Jamaica is desirable for the ripening of the pimento fruit and this is generally picked with hands when it is ready. Throughout Jamaica the pimento or allspice berries will be left in the sun to dry, but other places like United States and Europe will dry the berries using artificial methods.

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