What Is Pimento;Properties,Benefits And Uses In The Kitchen

Allspice,it has also been called the pimento (in reference to its Latin name), although it has no connection at all with the red capsicum to which the term pimento is now generally applied.The term pimento of Spanish origin, has meaning “pepper”; this because in the beginning its berries were confused with those of pepper.Here in Europe, pimento is recognized under the names of  Jamaican pepper  and  peppercorn pepper.

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Nutritional Values ​​of Pimento

In its  263 calories  for every  100 grams  of product, we can find:

  • 8.69 g of fat
  • 72.12 g of  carbohydrates
  • 6.09 g of  Protein
  • 21.60 g of  Fibers
  • 8.46 g of water
  • 661 mg of  calcium
  • 77 mg of sodium
  • 113 mg of  Phosphorus
  • 1044 mg of  Potassium
  • 7.06 mg of  iron
  • 135 mg of  Magnesium

It is good to keep the pimento berries in a cool and dry place in order to preserve all the organoleptic properties. In order to intensify the taste  of pimento, it is possible to keep the berries on a baking sheet to be stored in the oven for at least 10 minutes.

Benefits and properties of pimento

Digestive – This spice is able to stimulate enzyme secretions in the stomach, facilitating digestion.
Antiseptic – Like pepper, pimento is attributed to antiseptic intestinal powers.
Anti colic – The pimento eliminates the accumulated air in the stomach and intestines, soothing the pains of colic.
Tonic – Potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium: the richness of minerals makes it a good element to be introduced into a complete diet, especially if you have an active lifestyle.
Anti – inflammatory – Some studies have identified a beneficial active ingredient on general inflammatory stages.

Aroma and taste

Pimento is a surprising spice: it is the fruit of the pimenta tree. Dried, these fruits taste like pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is therefore no wonder that in England it is called “allspice” (all the spices “).
The fruits of the pimento contain an essential oil that contains among other substances that are also present in the cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. According to some, the taste of pimento resembles ginger or pepper, but unlike these, it does not have a predominant spiciness.The pimento goes well with: cardamom, hot pepper, ginger, orange peel, pepper, rose petals, vanilla, juniper, lemon peel, onions.

 

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