Dark-brown berries with a clove-like taste, used in pickles and sweet dishes. (SML PKT)
Allspice berries are the dried, unripe fruits of a tropical evergreen tree native to Jamaica.
The common name allspice is given because the flavour is like a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Allspice berries are added to pickles and are an ingredient in pickling spices. Scandinavian staples such as herrings in tomato sauce are spiced with allspice, as are many mainstream commercial sauces. Allspice powder is a good substitute for ground cloves in cakes and pastries, when a less pungent flavour is desired.