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Allspice is the dried unripe fruit (“berries”, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica a midcanopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Allergies to allspice are very uncommon, and therefore hard to generalize. If you have an uncommon reaction after eating allspice, consider contacting your allergist.

Common Uses:

Allspice is one of the most important ingredients of Caribbean cuisine. It is used in Caribbean jerk seasoning (the wood is used to smoke jerk in Jamaica, although the spice is a good substitute), in moles, and in pickling; it is also an ingredient in commercial sausage preparations and curry powders (Wikipedia, nd).

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