Historical Spice Plant Question

Shane K. Bernard skb8721 at unix.tamu.edu
Thu Apr 24 12:23:52 EST 1997

In 1811 Alexander de Humboldt wrote of Mexico that "The Myrtle (myrtus
pimenta), of which the grain forms an agreeable spice . . . is
produced in the forests . . . of Vera Cruz."

I have reason to believe that this spice is known commonly today as
"allspice," or at least is related to allspice.

Does anyone know what is this myrtus pimenta (obviously a type of
myrtle) and if it produces a berry used as a spice identical or
similar to allspice?

Please reply to skb8721 at unix.tamu.edu



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