Our Trinidadian friend, Cheryl, who has subscribed to this blog (over left column) wrote asking me, “Kari, what on earth is allspice or pimento and where can I get it?” I replied, “It is a native Jamaican seasoning that looks very similar to black pepper berries and outside of my cupboard, you can find it in Choithrams (I know the Jumeira store has it) as ‘Jamaican Pepper.’ ” Since she brought it up, and we have so many recipes with it, I decided to clarify the issue and post a pic. Let me know where else you can find it. I know it is also available online at St. Mary Market. According to them:
To most English speaking people the tree is called “pimento” and the berries “allspice”. The name allspice originated from the popular notion that the pimento berry contains the characteristic flavour and aroma of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, all combined in one spice.