What is Pimento?

Pimento is used extensively in cooking to give food that distinctive Jamaican flavour.

The smell of pimento conjures the combined flavours and aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Because of its flavour and aroma you may know pimento as all spice. It is also known as Jamaica Pepper.

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Christopher Columbus, who was credited with discovering the New World – but if you ask me he was lost – on his second voyage to the area encountered Arawaks in Jamaica using pimento in cooking. This resulted in the introduction of pimento into European and Mediterranean cuisines in the 16th century.

To protect the pimento trade initially the plant was guarded against export from Jamaica, however it is now grown commercially in many tropical areas.

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