Allspice is the dried, unripe berries of Pimenta dioica, a plant native to Jamaica and South America.
Despite its name, it’s a single spice produced by picking the berries from the plant’s small flowers and then drying them in the sun. It may be sold ground or whole.
High in antioxidants, it protects cells from oxidative damage that may be associated with cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and ageing.
In South America it has been used as a treatment for high blood pressure, obesity and digestive issues, while in the Caribbean it has been used to treat menstrual cramps and abdominal pain.
Bitter, pungent, warming
Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial
Indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, high blood pressure, diabetes