November Spice Club – Allspice

Spice Club decorative cover photo.

Try something new! Our featured spice for the month of November is Allspice. You’re welcome to pick up a Spice Club kit beginning Wednesday November 1st at 9am. The kit will contain:

  • a sample of the spice
  • recipe cards
  • history of the spice
  • a list of cookbooks you can check out from the library

Spice Club kits go fast! Unable to make it in time to grab one of your own? Try out a recipe! The four recipes included in the kit are linked below.

Allspice Quick Facts

  • Allspice is native to the West Indies and Central America
  • The source of the highly aromatic spice is the berries of a tropical evergreen tree
  • Allspice gained it’s name “because the flavor of the dried berry resembles the combination of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg” (from Britannica School)
  • The spice is widely used in baking
  • Early Spanish explorers called the spice pimenta because they mistakenly thought it was pepper
  • The earliest record allspice imports to Europe is in 1601
  • The allspice tree grows to about 30 feet tall
  • The allspice fruit are picked before they are fully ripe and are dried in the sun; during this process, they will turn from green to a dull reddish-brown

Information Source

Questions about Spice Club? Contact Ashley at 315-785-7714 or send her an email.