Allspice (Eugenia Pimenta) is native to the Americas and was introduced to Europe by the Spanish.
Allspice is the berry of a flowering tree.
The berry is used dry and is a deep brown color, small and round, about 1 cm in diameter.
The name Allspice describes the multiple tones of this berry; it tastes like a combination of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves and Peppercorns.
Allspice is best when ground fresh just before use.
Allspice tastes good with most spices.
It can be used in pickling, marinades, chutneys, desserts.
It imparts a warm flavor and is often associated with autumn and winter fare.