Allspice - How To Use

(Also Known as Jamaican Pepper, Clove Pepper or Pimento)


Warm, peppery and sweet, allspice is the only spice grown exclusively in the New World. Originally used by the Caribbean islands to preserve meat, it is still a major component of Jamaica's famed jerk seasoning and various pickling blends, stews, and curries. 

Most allspice today goes to the commercial food industry (it is one of the main spices in ketchup); however, it is principally used in dessert making in Western kitchens. 

Is Allspice a blend of spices?

No. Allspice is a single spice despite misconceptions regarding its name. This curious name derives from its singular aroma, which is simultaneously reminiscent of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Allspice is full-bodied and versatile and partners with ease with many other spices. 

We ground our allspice in small batches to preserve longer quality, and our blends are stored in amber jars to preserve the taste and protect from the natural light.

What flavours go with Allspice?

  • Apple
  • Black Pepper
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Pumpkin
  • Nutmeg

Our trio of Mitmita (Ethiopian spice mix), Baharat Gulf of Arabia (Saudi spice mix) and Quatre Epices (French spice mix) all showcase the beautiful aromas that allspice encapsulates alongside the alchemy of cinnamon

Health Benefits - Allspice

With anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, allspice is a popular flavouring agent in medicines. High in magnesium and iron, it makes a great digestive aid. Many of the compounds in allspice are considered potential treatments for alleviating arthritis and nausea too. 

Interesting Facts
  • The Mayans were using allspice from 2,000 BC to embalm the dead.
  • Europeans have a long history with allspice preservation properties, and the Scandinavians still use allspice in the fishing industry today. 
  • In the 19th Century, when Napoleon invaded Russia, the army crushed allspice berries in their boots to protect them from fungal and bacterial infections. Let us hope they were grounded well. 
Chief Flavour Compound

Eugenol: (medicinal, woody and warming) colourless dull yellow fragrant oil-based liquid, also found in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil and bay leaf.

Blends to try with Allspice

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