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Allspice, mixed spice and five-spice

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Question:
Can you please tell me the difference between allspice, mixed spice and five-spice powder?
J. Sanderson

Answer:
Allspice is the dried, unripe berry of a pimento tree. It is available ground or in seed form, and used in a variety of dishes such as pickles, casseroles, cakes and puddings.

Mixed spice is a classic mixture generally containing caraway, allspice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg and ginger, although cinnamon and other spices can be added. It is used with fruit and in cakes.

Five-spice powder is a blend of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and Szechuan pepper. Available from most supermarkets or Asian food stores, it is used in Chinese cookery.

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