Allspice is the dried fruit of Pimenta dioica. It combines the smell and taste of several spices including cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper.
Pimienta de Jamaica
Piment de la Jamaïque
Poivre de la jamaïque
Basic information and facts
Allspice originates from Central America and the Caribbean.
Allspice is cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions.
Evergreen or deciduous:
Climate and weather:
Grows in warm tropical and subtropical climates.
Allspice is an evergreen tree which can be 10 to 18 meters tall. Sometimes it stays smaller as a shrub.
Allspice is difficult to propagate but can be grown from seed. Sometimes by grafting and budding.
Fruits are harvested when still green and unripe and are then dried in the sun. The dried fruits are brown and look like large brown peppercorns.
Allspice is an important spice in the Caribbean kitchen.
Allspice can be used as an ingredient in cakes and sauces.
Fresh leaves are also used in cooking.