Also sometimes called pimento or Jamaican Pepper. Familiarily called Allspice because it has a taste of the combination of cloves, cinnamon, juniper berries, nutmeg and pepper. It is made from the green, unripe fruit of the Eugenia Pimenta, an evergreen tree grown extensively in Jamaica. The riper the fruit becomes, the less aromatic it is.
Use in poaching fish. Add one or two whole allspice to meat stews and fish chowders. Also used in pickles and sauces.
Delicious ground and just a pinch added to bring out the flavour in rich dried fruit cakes especially celebration and wedding cakes.