Allspice FAQs

What is Allspice?

Allspice is the dried unripe fruit of Pimenta dioica, a midcanopy tree.

What kind of Allspice do we supply?

We stock Allspice Berries, Ground Allspice and Organic Ground Allspice.

Where does Allspice come from?

Allspice berries come from an aromatic evergreen tree native to the Caribbean, Central and South America which grows to a height of 10-18 metres. The leaves are aromatic, dark glossy-green in colour on the upper surface and paler green on the underside, leathery, elliptically, oblong and 10-20cm in length. The tiny, hermaphrodite, 4-petaled flowers are white and present in pyramidal cymes white develop in the leaf axils. The female flowers bare the fruits which present as clusters of green ripening to brown berries, which are 3-7mm in diameter. Our Allspice  are products of Guatemala/ Honduras/ Mexico.

How would you describe the flavour and aroma of Allspice?

Allspice has a strong, spicy taste that’s warm and sweetly pungent with peppery overtones. The aroma is similar to a mixture of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper.

What are alternative names for Allspice?

The Latin name for Allspice is  Pimenta dioica syn. Pimento officinalis. Allspice is also known as Jamaica Pepper, Clove Pepper, Myrtle Pepper, Pimento, Newspice, Tout-Épice, Piment Poivre de la Jamaïque, Jamaikapfeffer, Pimiento de Jamaica, Aromatopeperi, Pepe di Giamaica & Guayabita.

Is our Organic Ground Allspice certified organic?

Yes! Our Organic Ground Allspice is Soil Association approved.

What is the suggested use for Allspice?

Allspice is a key ingredient in Caribbean jerk seasoning, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, try adding it to stuffing, nut roasts, stews, casseroles, sausages, ketchup, sauces, jams and pickles. Add to spiced breads, cakes and biscuits and use to make mulled wine and spiced cordials. Try roasting carrots and sweet potatoes together with a drizzle of honey and light dusting of ground allspice for a delicious spicy accompaniment to chicken and pork.

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Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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