Uses of allspice: Medicinal properties of Jamaica pepper
In the medical field, allspice has been used as a carminative, stimulant, aromatic, anti-diarrhea and as a remedy for dysentery. It has been observed that it posses antioxidant and antifungal activity.
In some regions it is considered that the fragrance given off from the tree cleans the respiratory system. It has oleiferous glands in their leaves. However, its fruits (pepper, spice) have a higher content of irritants that are contraindicated in these cases.
Caribbean pirates used to marinate meat in allspice, and currently this type of pepper is still being used in many meat products. It is also used to prepare meat pies, fish, cheeses, breads and pastries.
The plant timber is used to make rods and umbrella handles. It is one of the hardest and heaviest woods of Guatemala, difficult to work by hand.
The extract of the essential oils of this type of pepper is used in some perfumery and massage creams.
Origin of the names Malagueta and Allspice
Origin of name Malagueta
The origin of this name goes back to the times of colonization and export of slaves to the Americas.
Allspice is also called four species because its flavor is a reminiscent of time, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. The first scholar who observed this combination of flavors was the botanist John Ray.
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