Named after an English botanist named John Ray, ALLSPICE is native to tropical regions, such as North & Central America but was also cultivated in Jamaica. It’s a dried fruit from the Pimenta Dioica tree, which produces small, white flowers and a peppercorn-looking fruit that’s picked while green and dried in the sun turning into a reddish-brown peppercorn that is powdered or left whole.
It is a warming and aromatic spice that smells like a blend of spices, specifically cinnamonDerived from the inner bark, which curls up as it dries, comes the stimulating warm spice of cinnamon. It targets the glandular (or endocrine) system, consisting of glands that increase More, nutmegPopular during the Christmas holidays as the main spice in eggnog, Nutmeg is a strong digestive aid (carminative) that should be used sparingly as it is toxic if ingested in More, black pepperAs we continue with HOLISTICALLY SPEAKING, today we will spotlight BLACK PEPPER as our third culinary spice for National Nutrition Month. Sometimes called black peppercorn, piper, or pepper for short, More, and clovesDried flower buds resembling nails makes up cloves. With an extremely strong, pungent, and aromatic nature, they come whole or ground up. It's a warming stimulant that stimulates the digestive More, but is a single spice. It can be added to flour mix for pancakes, muffins, cookies, biscuits, or bread as a powder. It can also be sprinkled onto toast or added to hot chocolate.
Holistically speaking, a few of its beneficial qualities include:
- A great digestive aid
- High in vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, and manganese
- Fights off colds and flu
- Calms menstrual cramps
PROPERTIES: anesthetic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, circulatory stimulant, rubefacient
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Webb., M. A. & Craze, R. (2000). The Herb & Spice Companion. New York: Metro Books.