Allspice Berries – Pimento (Whole)


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Also known as pimento, the Allspice Berry imparts flavours reminiscent of cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves with a hint of pepper. Allspice is a single small berry from the Jamaican bayberry tree. It is the dried unripe fruit which has a brown colour. Its heavy sweetness lends allspice a great deal of versatility. It is key ingredient of Caribbean cuisine. It also contains essential oils with anti-microbial components and health benefits. The Spice People carry these allspice products; allspice whole berries and allspice ground berries.

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Culinary Notes:

Allspice Berries are a super-aromatic berry with a sweetness akin to cinnamon, a spiciness like cloves and nutmeg, and a warm pepperiness to round it all out. This fragrant berry is dried and either used whole or ground, predominantly in Caribbean cuisine and is a primary ingredient in Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.

Health Benefits:

Allspice has an essential oil known as eugenol, which is responsible for its many health benefits. It helps to treat digestive problems, reduce pain and also has anti-microbial properties. It can additionally help to improve circulation and has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. To learn more about Allspice, check out our blog: What is Allspice?


100% whole dried Allspice Berries

Country of Origin:

Mexico & Jamaica

Other Names or Spelling:

pimiento Jamaica Pepper, Bay Rum Berry, Pimenta dioica, kurundu, myrtle pepper, pimento, newspice, clove pepper, pimento, toute-épice, jamikapfefer, kabab cheene, seetful, pimiento de Jamaic, Pimento Berries

How to Use:

  • Use in poached fish stock, vegetable and fruit pickles
  • Grind in a mortar and pestle to create a powder
  • Use to flavour curry blends, chutneys and rice dishes
  • Use in pickles, in picking spices and sweet dishes as pickling cakes
  • It combines well with chilli powder, cloves, coriander, garlic, ginger, and black pepper.
  • Use to add flavour to tomato-based dishes with spinach and ricotta.
  • Use to make the seasoning for beef, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken
  • It goes well with beans, bread, cabbage, carrots, lentils, parsnips, peas, squash, turnips
  • Bouquet: pungent and aromatic, like a combination of nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon.
  • Flavour: warm and sweetly pungent with peppery overtones.
  • Hotness Scale: 4
  • Its pungent and complex flavour means a little goes a long way so start off small and add as you taste and smell

Recipe/Product links:

Click below or scan the QR code on the back of your product packet to find recipes and how-to-use instructions Jamaican Jerk Chicken Jerk Chicken With Jamaican Slaw Chai Banana Cake Grilled Jamaican Jerk Eggplant

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do you find allspice berries?

Allspice Berries are usually grown in the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America. It is now harvested in many warm countries around the world.

2. What can I use instead of allspice berries?

The best alternative for allspice berries is a mixture of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves in equal parts.

3. Can I use ground allspice instead of allspice berries?

You can use ¼ to ¼ tsp of ground allspice in case you don’t have allspice berries. You can easily substitute around 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice in a recipe.

4. What are allspice berries used for?

Allspice berries can be used in sweet as well as savoury dishes. You can season your soup, meat, vegetables and baked food with it.

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