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Allspice: The Caribbean's King of Spice

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Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta dulce, Turkish yenibahar, or newspice, is the dried unripe fruit (berries, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica, a mid-canopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name "allspice" was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, but it's really just a natural spice on its own that screams out Caribbean when added to food.   Allspice is the dried fruit of the P. dioica...

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