Pimento Wood

The Pimento Tree/ Allspice Plant- Explored

Use by the tainos to prepare food, pimento grows elsewhere including Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Hispaniola but Jamaican pimento is regarded as best, and up to recently, had a virtual monopoly on world markets.

The handsome tree of the myrtle family (closely related to the Bay tree) but is widespread on the limestone derived soil of central parishes, especially St. Ann, thriving at lower elevations.

The tree grows 7-15 meters in height and its characteristic light-coloured bark peels easily from the trunk.

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Make Authentic Jamaican Jerk Pork

Have You Had Authentic Jamaican Jerk?

Are you a fan of spicy Caribbean flavors? If so, you have probably tried Jamaican jerk. You’ve at least heard of it, right? Jamaican jerk is a style of meat smoking that is unique to Jamaica. You might call it the Jamaican version of barbecue. A lot of places these days have a jerk dish on their menu to give their menu a little spice (no pun intended). Not a lot of them are making authentic Jamaican jerk pork, though.

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Got Jerk?

Blessings in disguise can appear in, well, lots of disguises. When one arrives on the island of Jamaica, you might be more likely to recognize, then seize upon it. Gary Feblowitz and a group of friends were on a scuba diving trip to the island when disaster struck: ear drum injuries meant they had to remain on solid ground, and would be unable to fly for two weeks. Oh, darn.

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