Pimento - Jamaica Pepper (Pimento Officinalis)

Spicy hot, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Source

Mostly produced in the West Indies, especially Jamaica (hence the name). Berries can also be distilled in Europe and the United States. The essence drawn from the berries is also marketed under the name allspice.

Extraction Method

Pimento essence is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves and the dried unripe berries when the tree is still green. The fruit ripen between March and September.

Use

Pimento essence is used to alter the notes of spicy perfumes for men and women. Used to season game, liqueurs, fish, cakes, marinades and condiments.

History

Christopher Columbus introduced pimento essence in Europe. The Aztecs used berries to flavour chocolate. French army soldiers under Napoleon slid pimento in their boots to keep their feet warm during the Russian retreat. Medicinal properties Pimento has narcotic and digestive properties.

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