A complex spice made from the berries of the Pimenta dioica plant. Tastes like a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper.
Tropical climates in North and Central America are mostly cultivated in Jamaica.
After the Columbian Exchange began in 1492, allspice traveled as part of trade routes between the Old World and the New, becoming popular in Europe in the 17th century.
Its name derives from flavors that resemble cloves, pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It is also known as “Jamaica pepper.”
“Allspice/ Jamaica Pepper” from the Silk Routes project (2015-2020)
“Medicinal Properties of the Jamaican Pepper Plant Pimenta dioica and Allspice” by Lei Zhang and Bal L. Lokeshwar.
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)