Description of Pimento Leaf Oil
Latest Market Info: Feb, 2021
Jamaica is the world’s largest producer of AllSpice, which is created from Pimento Berry. The production of Pimento Leaf often disrupts Pimento Berry, which has prompted the local government to place regulations on the harvesting of Pimento Leaf. Combined with recent bad weather conditions and Pimento products have risen in price across the board, with availability of Pimento Leaf sharply declining over the last few months. Berje will continue to monitor the situation on the island.
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1/25/21: Severe weather conditions and COVID-19 concerns created challenges throughout the important summer collection and production months. This has made availability very limited across the board for all Pimento products.
1/15/21: Production has started in Jamaica after an extended delay. While the crop has some varying qualities, overall it is moving as expected, albeit at a slower rate than normal.
The market in Jamaica has recently moved to leaf oil, rather than the berry, but the government has been looking into placing a ban on pimento leaf harvests due to its impact on the plant’s berries.
When a pimento plant’s leaves are cut, the berries are left exposed, causing many of them to wither, fall off, and die. The government sees this as wasteful, especially considering the high value of the berries when used in spices, which has prompted the discussions of the ban.