Just about everyone who is a serious cook has Allspice in their kitchen. It’s commonly associated with Caribbean cuisine and Middle Eastern flavors. But where does this terrific spice come from and what can it do for us?
History puts allspice back to the days of Christopher Columbus. The herb has been growing wild for centuries in Southern Mexico, Central America, Greater Antilles, and many surrounding areas. Its green berries , not yet ripe, can be sun-dried. Once dried, the berries are ground into powder. To obtain a longer shelf life though, they can be stored as berries and ground upon demand (as with Peppercorns). This also makes it more potent and aromatic.
Known to some as Kurundu, Pimenta, Newspice, Clove Pepper or Myrtle Pepper, Allspice is not only used for flavoring. As you may have suspected, it contains many medicinal properties, hence its interest to Healing Herb Info
Allspice is used mainly as an anti-gas agent. For those of you who are spending a lot of money on products that don’t really work, consider making a cup of tea (or just mix up the powder in water) from Allspice as an alternative. Not only is it used in the treatment of gas and diarrhea, but added to your bathwater or used as an ointment it soothes rheumatism and neuralgia, as well as having an anesthetic effect.
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