Allspice is a Single Spice


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • spice: a substance used for adding flavour to food
  • pimento: an evergreen tree, named after the Spanish word meaning peppercorn
  • cuisine: a type of food that originates from a certain region
  • flavour: how something tastes

Allspice is a Single Spice

Some people think allspice is a blend of many spices. This is not true. Allspice is a spice made from the unripe fruit (also called the Jamaican pepper) of a pimento tree. The pimento tree grows in and on the Caribbean islands. To make allspice, the berries are collected and dried until they look like peppercorns. The corns contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that provide many health benefits. After being , allspice is used in Caribbean cuisine. Allspice is what gives jerk chicken its flavour.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is sometimes mistaken about allspice?
  2. Where does allspice come from?
  3. Which specific Caribbean dish containing allspice is mentioned?

Discussion Questions: What is your favourite type of spice to use when you are cooking? Which dishes do you use it in?

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