It’s supposed to be a spicy combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; perhaps even more.
I couldn’t believe the price tag, but I had been looking for the allspice for the longest time, so I refused to think how expensive it was.
I also tried not to think too much when I pruned it two weeks later.
My dad once thought he was doing me a favour by pruning it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came home and saw the bare branches.
You can bet I spent the next half an hour riffling through the contents of the garden refuse bag, determined to rescue every precious leaf and stem.
But I guess it’s worth enduring the pain of a bare plant as it became bushier and is even bushier now. Anyhow, it definitely has more than its initial 100 (plus or minus) leaves.
And more leaves mean more joy to pass around … and more delightful aromas from the kitchen.
May this new year be a blessed and delightfully fragrant one.
Care and propagation: partial to full sun, garden soil, water moderately, can be potted. Propagation using cuttings is tough – no wonder they charge an arm and a leg for the plant!