Our premium whole allspice berries from Jamaica have a sweet flavor reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Even though its name suggests a mixture of spices, allspice is a single berry from the Jamaican bayberry tree. Its complex sweetness lends allspice a great deal of versatility. Whole, it is used in poached fish stock, vegetable and fruit pickles, and for wild game. Ground, it is found in spice cakes, puddings, cookies, gravies, bbq sauce and is a key ingredient in Caribbean jerk dishes. It is often used in German sausages and is so common in English baking that it's sometimes known as English Spice.
Whole allspice berries are also called Jamaica Pepper or Pimento Berries, since the early spice explorers to the New World thought they had found the black pepper they were looking for.
Allspice contains a small amount of eugenol, the essential oil that gives cloves their strong, distinct flavor. Russian soldiers in the Napoleonic War of 1812 put these Jamaican pimento berries in their boots to help keep their feet warm and alleviate odor. This practice carried into the men's cosmetic industry, so that today the scent of allspice is often found in men's colognes.