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Food glossary

A variety of spices

Allspice

The seeds of the Jamaica pepper, so called because they combine the flavours of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and juniper berries. Smoother and larger than black peppercorns (but otherwise not unlike them), they can be ground similarly in a mill, giving a delicious flavour - alone or in a combination with other spices.

Uses: To add flavour to grilled pork chops, pâtés, soups, poached fish, certain meat casseroles (especially beef), to cakes and steamed puddings which contain dried fruit, and to stewed fruit.

To store:
Store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.