is sometimes mistaken for a blend of spices but is so-named because of its rich, sweet scent and flavour reminiscent of spices such
as cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Popular in the Caribbean where the best
crop is grown, allspice is also an important component in sweet mixes
such as mixed spice as well as savoury mixes such as baharat from the
Middle East. The ground spice needs to be used relatively quickly as the
flavour reduces over time.
berries to pickles or marinades, particularly for seafood. Allspice
is a good flavouring for meats - add a little of the ground spice to
seasoning for grilled meats to bring a really delicious depth and spiciness.