Allspice, also known popularly as Jamaican pepper or pimento, is one of the widely used spices in cuisines. This spice corn is a dried “unripe” fruit obtained from an evergreen tropical shrub that tastes like a combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Species:Pimenta dioicaOther names: Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta
Appearance: The berries, when dried, are brown and resemble peppercorns.
Typically used: Whole
Origin: Allspice is the dried unripe berries of the pimento tree, an evergreen shrub native to
Central America. Today, the spice is cultivated all around the world, in warm climates.
Flavor: The complex flavor of allspice gives the spice it's name since it is considered to combine
the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It pairs well with other warming spices such as cardamom
and is balanced well with sweet, salty and umami flavors.
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, warm
Culinary uses: For the most aromatic and intense flavor, the whole allspice berries are best ground
immediately before use. Allspice is a staple in Caribbean food and is central in the Caribbean jerk
seasoning. In the United States, you will mainly find allspice in dessert recipes, while in the
Middle East, allspice is highlighted in savory meat dishes. Allspice is also a common ingredient in
sausages. In Indian cuisine, the spice is paired with beef and lamb.
1. Beef or Pork Curry in Tamarind Sauce