Allspice (noun)

A small tropical evergreen tree or shrub, Pimenta dioica, that is native to the West Indies and Central America and has aromatic berries which are used as a spice.


So called because it is said to resemble a combination of flavors including cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.


  1. Allspice is a key ingredient in Jamaican jerk seasoning.
  2. The pumpkin pie recipe calls for a teaspoon of allspice.
  3. Allspice is also known as pimento, is a key ingredient in Caribbean cuisine.
  4. The allspice berries are dried before being ground to make the spice.
  5. Allspice is often used in pickling and marinades.
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