Cole & Mason Allspice
Eat our Allspice with a Swedish supper. Mix ground beef and ground pork with a handful of breadcrumbs and an egg. Season with allspice, nutmeg, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Roll into meatballs, fry in butter and serve with mashed potatoes, gravy and lingonberry sauce.
Why not try spicing up hot chocolate. For a night-time warmer, melt good quality chocolate in hot milk. Add a pinch of allspice, ground cinnamon and ground cardamom. Or for a breakfast treat, try adding a pinch of allspice to your waffle or pancake batter.
Allspice is the dried, unripe berry of an evergreen tree in the myrtle family. Christopher Columbus was the first to bring them to Europe, from Jamaica. Ours come from Jamaica too, as well as Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
The berries look very much like black pepper or juniper berries, and taste like a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Over the centuries, they've made their way into most of the world's cuisines, in both sweet and savoury dishes, hot drinks and cocktails.
Supplier: The Spice Company