Top 5 Caribbean Spices

Due to the diverse make-up of the Caribbean, the food is bold, flavorful, spicy, hot, fresh and truly representative of a melting pot.

Spices are used widely in the Caribbean for both savory and sweet preparations. Here are the top 5.

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    This is a pantry staple that is used for beverages such as rum punch and other alcoholic drinks. Freshly grated nutmeg is used to flavor sauces and other savory dishes.

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    Use cloves for both savory and sweet preparations. It can be used whole or ground.

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    Cinnamon is also known loosely as spice or hard spice in the Caribbean.

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    Allspice is a spice by itself and not a combination of spices.

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    Fresh ginger root is a must-have in every Caribbean kitchen.