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Updated by Caribbean Smokehouse on Sep 25, 2015
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5 Caribbean Spices You Might Not Have Heard Of

At Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse we love all things spice and they help make our food as tasty and fabulicious as possible! But have you heard of these unique and different spices?

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Allspice

Allspice

Allspice are the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioic, grown across the Caribbean and resembling peppercorns. It's one of the main ingredients of Caribbean cuisine and you'll find it in jerk seasoning; this pungent and flavoursome spice is said to resemble a mix of, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Did you know? Allspice has been used in deodorant. BBQ pits anyone?

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Cloves

Cloves

From the aromatic buds of the clove tree, cloves are used in cooking around the world and give a fruity hot taste to meats and curries as well as sweet dishes.

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Colombo Powder

Colombo Powder

Colombo powder is a staple of Caribbean cooking. It is a mix of spices from the West Indies including cumin, coriander, mustard seeds and roasted rice which gives colombo powder it's unique thickness. Great with a range of meats including, beef, goat and makes a tasty soup too.

Did you know? Colombo powder is also great with shark. Let us know if you've tried it!

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Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram is synonymous with oregano and often confused, but they aren't the same thing! The truth is, all varieties of marjoram are actually oreganos. But not all oreganos are marjorams! Wild oregano is known also known as marjoram and they are related to mint.

With it's delicate taste, marjoram compliments other spices and works well in soups, salads and egg dishes.

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Turmeric

Turmeric

This bright yellow spice is used in savoury dishes but it also has medicinal uses as an anti inflammatory and can be used to help right across the body. The spice is produced across Jamaica to bring beautiful sunshine colour to any dish.