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Allspice Pimenta dioica

This tree is given the name "Allspice" because it's flavor is like a combination of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Often used in Pumpkin Pie. Other culinary uses are flavorings for sausages, soups, pickles and sauces. Oil extracted from it are used in perfumery.




Bay Leaf Lauris nobilis

Also called Grecian or true Bay. It likes full sun and is hardy to 19 degrees F. When you make a pot of soup why not pick a fresh leaf from this beautiful evergreen. The tree can grow to 10 feet, but is easily kept smaller. Perfect for container growing as well.




Cacao Theobroma cacao

Cacao or Chocolate is not technically a spice, we think is more an exotic aromatic. Cacaos' natural habitat is in the understory of a forest, as it likes to grow in a low light to shaded area. A beautiful tree, to 15 feet has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from it's trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of commercial chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk. A tropical plant that cannot withstand temperatures below 42 degrees.



Vanilla Vanilla planifolia

Native to Tropical America and Asia. The flowers are white to ivory in color and are thick, fleshy, and fragrant. This Orchid is one of the few that may be planted in a pot with very rich soil and sphagnum moss. Plant it with a trellis close by so it can climb it's way up. During our summers, when temps remain high along with a high humidity level the Vanilla Orchid can put on 8 feet of growth. But remember, that Vanilla is a tropical plant and cannot withstand temperatures below 42 degrees. 






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