A small berry from the Jamaican Bayberry tree, that is used to flavor food and drinks. As the name suggests, Allspice has a unique flavor that is most often described as a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. This spice is very versatile and can be used to make savory as well as sweet dishes.
Ground allspice is not a mixture of numerous spices, it is just from the one berry.
Popular dishes it is used in is in Jamaican jerk seasoning, mole sauces, curry powders, and barbecue sauces.
It is best to be stored in whole berry form like peppercorns as it loses much of it's flavor and aroma when ground. Freshly ground is best.
is a spice which is the dried unripe fruit ("berries") of Pimenta dioica , a mid-canopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
The leaves of the allspice plant are also used in Island cooking. For cooking, fresh leaves are used where available: they are similar in texture to bay leaves and are thus infused during cooking and then removed before serving.
Conserving and Storing
When dry, the fruits are brown and resemble large brown peppercorns. The whole fruits have a longer shelf life than the powdered product and produce a more aromatic product when freshly ground before use.