The Spice Trader Whole Allspice - 25G


Allspice is the dried berry of an evergreen tree which grows to a height of 9-12 m, but in the wild can be up to twice this height. The round allspice berries have a rough surface because of tiny oil glands. Inside there are two hard, kidney-shaped seeds, but most of the flavour comes from the husk or shell.

Native range  

West Indies, Central America, South America

Taste and aroma  

The name "allspice" is derived from the fact that it tastes and smells like a blend of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Culinary uses  

Widely used in European cooking as an ingredient in sweet recipes including cakes, biscuits, and Christmas puddings. The ground or whole spice is also used in preserves and chutneys, and to contribute flavour in liquors such as Benedictine and Chartreuse. Whole allspice berries are a popular ingredient for mulled wine.


Allspice berries retain their freshness best if stored whole in an airtight container, and crushed or pounded when needed.