Dried hibiscus flowers, known as sorrel in Jamaica Mix with Ginger and served with Rum and ice for a refreshing drink, originality the sorrel was a Christmas only plant however I notice this Jamaican hibiscus flowers has now become available in the market all year round, making it possible to dried and sell this product just about any time of the year.
Pimento leaves can also be used when making Cornmeal, Oats, Banana, Plantain, Peanut porridge and others not mention, Pimento Leaves can also be used in soups and sauces also as an integral spice in homemade corn beef, or any type of cooking.
The Pimento Leaves will be dried and ship in three to four business days
The leaves only of the life of life tree are crush and then put to dry in the sun.
One teaspoon of Dried Leaf of Life can brew approx 2 cups of tea.
The tea can be drunk daily to treat sinus and asthma problem.
The herbal tea derived from the plant is also used to combat coughs, colds and the flu. It is also used as a remedy for inflammation of the stomach and intestines, constipation and general stomach ailments.
In Jamaica, the Fever grass is used as a tea, that gives a lasting taste in your mouth, as a child my mother gave us this Fever grass tea and while I cannot explain in words the taste I can still taste and smell the flavor of the Fever Grass today.
Pepper Elder is use for herbal treatment for hemorrhages, gout, renal disorders and rheumatic joint pain. The roots are also used to treat fevers and juice extract from the plant is also believed to help lower cholesterol and is also used to treat skin disorders such as acne and boils.
This spice is indigenous to Jamaica and is belief to be one of the secret Ingredients in Kentucky Fried Chicken. This spice is used in Jamaican JERK CHICKEN, JERK PORK and most, if not all Jamaican recipes.
How to use Jamaican Pimento
For the dry pimento, you just drop a few grains in your soups or meat pot, the powder Jamaican Pimento is stronger and will need just a pinch to season your chicken, Beef, Pork etc.
Devil’s Horsewhip(Achyranthes Aspera) Used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatism, stomach problems, cholera, skin diseases and rabies, treat snake bites, hemorrhoids, as a powerful laxative among other usage.
The plant is also used in cosmetics to reduce wrinkles, treat skin discoloration and smooth the skin. Note that it can overly dry the skin and if not used properly may lead to skin irritations. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid using the plant as Aloe Vera usage may lead to an abortion.
Back in the old days in Jamaica my grandparent would harvest the Cocoa, put the bean to dry on the outside barbeque them parched the Cocoa bean over fire and we as kids would beat the parched cocoa bean into a powder paste using a Mortar & Pestle, my Grandmother would them use her hands to roll this paste in a oval shape Chocolate balls, them she would store her Chocolate in a jar, this Chocolate balls is then grated and use with coconut milk and other spices to make a very delicious cut of Chocolate tea, a favorite for us as children and still today my Mother keep the tradition going so I now carry on this old Jamaican tradition.
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