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Dictionary Definition

pimento

Noun

1 plant bearing large mild thick-walled usually bell-shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers [syn: sweet pepper, bell pepper, pimiento, paprika, sweet pepper plant, Capsicum annuum grossum]
2 fully ripened sweet red pepper; usually cooked [syn: pimiento]

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English

Etymology

From pimiento

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /pɪˈmɛntəʊ/
  • italbrac US /pɪˈmɛntoʊ/

Noun

  1. A red sweet pepper used to make relish, stuffed into olives, or used as spice.
  2. A tropical berry used to make allspice.

Extensive Definition

Pimento is sometimes a synonym for Allspice.
The Pimento, Pimiento, or Cherry Pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper (Capsicum annuum) that measures 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide (medium, elongate). The flesh of the pimento is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper. Some varieties of the pimento type are hot, including the Floral Gem and Santa Fe Grande varieties. Pimento or pimentão are Portuguese words for "bell pepper", while pimenta refers both to chili peppers and to black peppercorns. It is typically used fresh, or pickled and jarred.

Pimento as an olive stuffing

These sweet pimento peppers are also the familiar red stuffing found in prepared Spanish green olives. The pimento was originally cut into small pieces and hand stuffed into fresh green olives to compliment the strong flavor of the olive. For ease of production pimento is often pureed and formed with the help of a natural seaweed gum (sodium alginate) into strips. This allows the olive stuffing to be completed by a machine and increases the availability of the olives, by lowering their cost of production.

Other uses

Pimentos are commonly used for making pimento cheese, potato salad, snack food and sandwich filling in the Southern United States and the Philippines.
pimento in Hungarian: Pimiento paprika
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