Allspice Ground is an individual spice, not a seasoning blend with multiple ingredients. It is indigenous to tropical Central America and the West Indies. Aptly named, Allspice has a pleasantly warm and fragrant aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and with just a hint of pepper too.
Allspice was introduced to Europe by the Spanish who brought it back from the New World. Now Allspice is an important seasoning in cuisines across the globe. Most Allspice is cultivated from Jamaica, but Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala are also important producers.
Allspice Ground is very versatile. It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. It is often used to season poultry, squash and desserts. The slight peppery undertones of Allspice make it an obvious choice to mix with fresh ground pepper. It is commonly used in Caribbean jerk dishes, desserts, cakes, pudding and some curry powders.
Allspice can be ground in a pepper mill. It is also good when mixed with peppercorns for an interesting change from straight pepper.