Contrary to popular belief, allspice is not actually a blend of different spices. Allspice is actually a berry that comes from the “Pimenta dioica” tree, native to Jamaica and other areas of the West Indies as well as Southern and Central America. You can find allspice in the dried berry form, or as a ground powder.
We have Christopher Columbus to thank for bringing these little allspice berries with him to Europe and introducing them to the rest of the world after he thought he’d found the black peppercorns he’d been looking for. He named them “pimienta” which is Spanish for “the pepper spice.” Columbus made a happy mistake that day! Allspice berries are actually a little bit larger than peppercorns, and they turn a reddish-brown color when they’ve been dried.
Jamaica grows most of the world’s allspice but it’s also grown in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The quality, however, is the best when allspice is grown in Jamaica where the climate is perfect for the crop.
You may have had that same jar of allspice kicking around in your pantry for months, but in the Caribbean, allspice is one of the most important spices in the kitchen. Native to this part of the world, allspice is one of the predominant flavors in Caribbean cuisine. If you’ve ever enjoyed “jerk” chicken or meat, you’ve enjoyed the spicy flavor of allspice.
Allspice has been used as a digestive in traditional medicine for many hundreds of years. If you add allspice to foods that are a little hard to digest (the foods that give you gas!) you might find a difference. Allspice is a highly antibacterial food and is also effective in decreasing inflammation in the body.
I love the peppery taste of allspice and I use it all the time in stews, soups, and curries. Add some allspice to your marinades, fruit pies, and meat rubs. I bet you’ll love it!
Now it’s time for your Trick:
Whole allspice berries will keep indefinitely if you store them in an airtight container out of direct sunlight but the ground powder should only be kept for a few months, tops.
If you buy allspice in its whole form, grind the berries as you need them with a mortar and pestle or a pepper mill. They tend to lose their aroma and flavor shortly after they’ve been harvested.
And your Recipe:
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I love purple potatoes. So does my daughter. I remember the first time I made them for her when she was still little–she was delighted! Young children have some of the best reactions to some of the more odd vegetables, though I know a lot of adults that react the same way.
If you’ve never seen purple potatoes, then all I have to say is that they are what they seem: purple through and through – the skin, and even the flesh of the potato is a striking bright violet color. They make for a very boldly colored side dish.
Sure, this potato is full of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and folic acid, but the best thing about this bright-colored veggie is that the color itself is one of the key health benefactors! That purple flare is due to the antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can help boost your immune system along with the fight against cancer and help protect your heart. Like I always say, eat a colorful variety of produce!
Here’s Your Tip
If you want an extra kick of nutrition, keep the skin on the potatoes; though be sure to wash them thoroughly.
Here’s Your Trick
Simply sub purple potatoes for the standard russet potato you would normally use for mashed potatoes. The color doesn’t affect the consistency and texture, and the antioxidant level is higher in purple potatoes than it is in russets.
And Here’s Your Recipe
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Cravings are complex things–heavily loaded, connected to emotions, physiology, and habit, they’re not easy to get under control using just one strategy.
As a recovering carb addict myself, I can speak to this truth on every level–cravings can lead us down a path of absolute devastation and are not only physically damaging, but the blow to your self-esteem is huge–you feel defeated, embarrassed, and completely powerless.
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