Allspice Pimenta officinalis
Origin Caribbean Islands, South America, Central America, Mexico
Part Used Berries
Allspice is the only spice that is grown in the Western Hemisphere and now where else.
This pea-sized brown berry grows in small clusters on an evergreen tree from the Myrtle tree family and is named for its flavor resembling blend of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The tree produces small whitish flowers that turn to small fruits that are often referred to as berries. It is those fruits or berries that are used for the spice. This spice is picked green obtaining its brown shriveled appearance after curing. This spice imparts a rich warm flavor to most long cooking dishes, Jamaican soups and rubs require a few berries for traditional flavors. The Germans use the spice in their sauerbraten as the English do in their plum pudding and Spiced Beef
The finest grades come from the Jamaican Islands.
Available Whole and Ground