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.
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.