Allspice (Mexican) Powder

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Powdered Mexican allspice is a key ingredient in Jamaican Jerk seasoning. Add to stews, meat marinades, pickling seasoning, cakes, cookies and other baked goods.

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approximate cups to one pound5
active compoundsAllspice contains anywhere from 3-4% volatile oil, which is about 80% eugenol derived from the glands in the pericarp of the seeds. Some resin of an unknown amount may be present along with vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. It also has proteins, lipids, and minerals.
plant part usedessential oil, fruit - berries (including the shell)
why buy ground allspice?Ground allspice imparts a warm, pungent flavor to a wide variety of foods and beverages.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaRuddy brown, highly fragrant.


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cosmeticGround allspice can be blended with other powdered herbs and spices to produce natural foundation powders.
culinaryAdd spice to quick breads, cookies, cakes, fruit pies and other baked goods. Adds sweetness to French toast, puddings, Caribbean jerk seasoning mixes, salad dressings, spiced teas and mulled wine.
aromaticUse to add scent to massage and perfume oils.

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ground allspice

Ground allspice combines the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

culinary companions

The spice pairs well with beef, chicken (especially dark meat), apples, pumpkin, summer squash, carrots, beans and tomato-based dishes.


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what else you should know

ground allspice

While on a quest for black pepper, early spice merchants believed that they had found it upon landing in Jamaica, but what they actually discovered was the Jamaican bayberry tree. Because this tropical evergreen is also found in southern Mexico, allspice is sometimes called Mexican pepper or Mexican allspice.

Allspice as a long association with bringing good fortune and prosperity. The powdered or crushed berries are added to incense blends or infused in anointing oils. When carried or worn concealed in jewelry, allspice is said to attract luck, especially while gambling.

Background: It is commonly known as Allspice because it smells and tastes like a combination of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon, and pepper. With a rich history stemming in the Caribbean, it has traditionally been used as a spice in food preparation.  

Applications: Nutritional

Allspice is used to flavor foods.

Nutritional: Used to flavor sauces, condiments, and chutney as well as other dishes.

Digestive: Used as a warming agent in foods and wine.

Description: Allspice is native to the Caribbean, and is extensively grown in Jamaica. They begin producing fruit when they are three years old.

An evergreen tree that sprouts clusters of flowers that are small and white in color between June and August. Small green berries also grow on the up to 40 foot tall tree and they turn brown when mature. However, the berries are usually harvested before maturity because the more it matures, the less volatile oil it contains.

When the berries are harvested, they are dried and exported to different corners of the world for processing.

Safety: Consult a professional before orally ingesting the essential oil and do not take it during pregnancy.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.