fresh-made allspice tea made from Jamaican pimento

Jamaican Pimento: 5 Unique Benefits of Allspice

Jamaican Pimento is the name Jamaican locals use for the berries produced by the Pimenta dioica tree. These berries are also called pimento seeds on the island.

The Pimenta dioica plant is a member of the Myrtle family. Around the globe, the Jamaican pimento berries are known as Allspice berries.

Pimenta dioica is native to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Spanish explorers found the plant gowing when they arrived in the region. They brought it to Europe where it is cultivated.

However, Jamaica remains the world’s major producer of Jamaican pimento

What Does Allspice Taste Like?

The flavor of Allspice berries has been described as a combination of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg rolled into one. There are no ingredients added to Allspice.

 And so the spice is not a combination of different spices, but it is pimento seeds have a flavor that is similar to at least three different spices.

Hence the name Allspice was given to it by the Europeans who found it in the Caribbean. 

Jamaican Pimento Uses?

Allspice is commonly used in cuisine in the Caribbean, European and Mediterranean cuisine.

Although the whole dried berries can be used, they do not dissolve. Therefore, it is more convenient for the berries to be ground to make Allspice powder. 

Allspice is used to flavor soups, meats and poultry. Whole pimento berries work just fine for that purpose.

However the spice is also used to flavor baked products such as cakes and pumpkin pies and other desserts. This is where using Allspice powder comes in handy.

Jamaican Pimento leaves, bark and wood are often added to the fire when making jerk products cuisine  on the island. They add a great smokey pimento flavor to jerk foods.

In Jamaica fresh allspice leaves are also used to make hot tea for treating indigestion, menstrual cramps, colds and headaches.

Allspice Essential oils is used for calming aromatherapy as well.

Unique Allspice Health Benefits

A number of studies have isolated the chemical makeup of the Pimenta dioica plant.  Findings suggest that allspice may offer some health benefits.

Four important compounds were identified in the plant-Ericifolin  Eugenol, Quercetin, and Gallic Acid

These compounds offer some  beneficial health benefits. These are compounds identified in the Allspice tree.

Ericifolin – This chemical reportedly has the ability to inhibit the formation and growth of tumor cells.

Eugenol– An antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compound found mainly in cloves.

Quercetin– A chemical that is found in many foods including berries. It may be able to help control blood sugar, reduce swelling and prevent heart disease.

Gallic Acid – Some reports indicate that Gallic Acid may help fight the Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

organic allspice ground in Jamaica

Ericifolin – This chemical reportedly has the ability to inhibit the formation and growth of tumor cells.

Eugenol– An antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compound found mainly in cloves.

Quercetin– A chemical that is found in many foods including berries. It may be able to help control blood sugar, reduce swelling and prevent heart disease.

Gallic Acid – Some reports indicate that Gallic Acid may help fight the Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

5 Remarkable Allspice Essential Oils Benefits

Jamaican Allspice is world renowned for the unique quality of the essential oils extracted  from Allspice that grows on the Island. 

Allspice essential oils are extracted from Allspice berries and fresh leaves. 

Bioactive chemicals in the oil display antiseptic, analgesic, antioxidant, relaxant, carminative and other effects.

And so, the essential oils may provide the following benefits:

Anesthetic- Allspice essential oils may help relieve muscle aches and  pain. It may also soothe headaches.

Stress Relief-Like other essential oils, Allspice oil can deliver a calming effect. This may be especially appreciated by those of us who have a difficult time getting a good night’s sleep.

 But the oil may provide general relief from anxiety.

Antiseptic-Eugenol in Pimento oil can be used as an antiseptic for treating minor cuts and wounds. 

The compound is often prescribed by dentists as an antiseptic to patients following  extractions, fillings or root canals.

Antioxidants- Chemicals found in clove oil are also found in Pimento oil.  These are known antioxidants that help reduce skin inflammation such as acne. 

But they are also useful for helping to maintain good heart health.

Digestive Aid- The carminative properties of allspice essential oils can be used to relieve discomfort caused by bloating and gas. It may also relieve nausea and indigestion.

Benefits of Jamaican Pimento
  • Ericfolin
  • Quercetin
  • Gallic Acid
  • Eugenol

What Is Allspice Tea?

What is Allspice tea and how do you make it?   Allspice tea is  made using the plant’s fresh or dried leaves, as well as Allspice powder.

Allspice Powder Tea- Add half teaspoon of powder to one cup of hot water. Stir and let sit for 5-7 minutes. Strain, sweeten-if desired-and serve.

Jamaican Pimento Leaf Tea. Boil 4-5 leaves in two cups of water for approximately 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten and consume.

Allspice: Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Allspice?

Allspice refers to berries produced by the Pimenta dioica tree. Allspice tree is native to the Caribbean. The tree is known as Pimento tree in Jamaica where Allspice is cultivated for export.

What Is In Allspice?

There are no other spices in Allspice. The flavor profile of Allspice berries has been likened to a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and others. That’s why the Europeans called it Allspice.

Is Allspice The Same As Pimento?

The Jamaican name for Allspice is Pimento. Jamaicans refer to the plant as Pimento tree and Allspice berries as Pimento seeds or Pimento.

 However, this should not be confused with Pimento pepper which is an actual type of pepper.

Do Allspice Berries Dissolve?

No they do not. Once dried, whole Allspice berries will not dissolve. They have to be ground. So, if whole berries are used in cooking, they will need to be removed manually.

Are Allspice Leaves Edible?

Yes. In Jamaica the fresh leaves are used to make tea for treating indigestion. The dried leaves are crushed and rubbed on meats and poultry before cooking.

Can Allspice Make You Sick?

Allspice is generally considered to be safe. However there is no evidence that it is safe for everyone. Therefore, like any other natural product you may want to exercise caution when using it.

Allspice should never be used as medication.

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. Nothing stated here should be viewed as medical advice. Please talk to your Healthcare provider about matters relating to your health.

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