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Published on March 27, 2009
Also known as Myrtle pepper, Jamaica pepper or newspice, allspice is a large, brown peppercorn from the West Indian allspice tree. Contrary to the commonly mistaken belief that allspice is a mixture of ground spices, it is actually a single dried fruit, given that name by the English who thought the taste resembled a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. You can buy it ground, or whole, and grind it fresh yourself. It is commonly used in sweet and savory dishes along with similar aromatic spices like cinnamon and cloves. It is used frequently in Caribbean cuisine in jerk seasoning, as well as curry powders and mole sauces, pickles, marinades, mulled drinks and Christmas pudding.