If you are looking for a unique and versatile spice, allspice is for you! This spice can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, providing a warm flavor to any meal.
Nutrition Content and Health Benefits
One tablespoon of allspice provides fiber and vitamin C [i]. The allspice berries contain eugenol, which has traditionally been used as a pain reliever [ii]. In folk medicine, allspice has been used in tea for colds, menstrual cramps and upset stomach [iii].
How to Use
Ground or whole allspice can be used in baking, as well as in meats, rice and pickling [iv]. Physically, whole allspice berries appear similar to black peppercorns. However, the flavor is closer to a blend of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg [v]. You can try replacing allspice in recipes that call for these three ingredients!
- 1 lb Shrimp, deveined and pre-cooked
- 15 oz Sugar Snap Peas
- 1 Large Onion, chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed (or 1 tsp Garlic Powder)
- 1 Tbsp Curry Powder
- 1 Tbsp Allspice
- ½ Tbsp Turmeric
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over high heat and add the onion. Sauté until the onions are translucent, then add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
- Add all the remaining ingredients in (spices and sugar snap peas), except the shrimp. Sauté these ingredients for another minute to mix the spices in with the vegetables.
- Finally, toss in the shrimp and sauté until the shrimp is coated in the spices. If the shrimp is pre-cooked, this will be about 30 seconds to a minute. If the shrimp is not pre-cooked, sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp is fully cooked.
- Serve alone or over rice!
[i] “Spices, Allspice, Ground Nutrition Facts & Calories.” Self Nutrition Data. Retrieved from nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/171/2
[ii] “Allspice.” Monterey Bay Spice Company. Retrieved from herbco.com/c-92-allspice.aspx
[iii] Zhang, Lei, and Bal L. Lokeshwar. “Medicinal Properties of the Jamaican Pepper Plant Pimenta Dioica and Allspice.” Current Drug Targets, vol. 13, no. 14, 2012, pp. 1900–1906., doi:10.2174/138945012804545641.
[iv] “Allspice.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from www.britannica.com/plant/allspice.
[v] “Allspice Substitute Recipe.” Food.com. Retrieved from www.food.com/recipe/allspice-substitute-258672.