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Allspice is a common spice. It's the dried fruit of a plant from the same family as pepper. It's primarily used in sweet foods.

Whole allspice is useful for things like hot spiced cider where the spices will be removed (strained out) before it's drunk. Ground allspice is used in baking.

Allspice is the dried, immature fruit of the pimenta tree (scientific name: Pimenta dioica). The dried berries are then sold whole or ground. Eucalyptus, guava and clove trees are in the same botanical family (Myrtaceae or myrtle Family). Other names for the spice are pimento, pimenta, kurundu, myrtle pepper and Jamaica pepper. Some of these names can be confusing -- pimienta is the Spanish for pepper; pimento is also the name of a different kind of pepper. The tree is an evergreen native to Mexico, Central America and the West Indies.

When allspice is not available substitute an equal amount of cinnamon and cloves or cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Allspice can be successfully used as a substitute for cloves in many recipes.

Allspice can inhibit yeast in large quantities. So be careful using more than 1/4 teaspoon per cup of flour in baking when you want it to rise.[1]


Allspice on the branch


External linksEdit

  1. Allspice Cooking Tips, Measures, and Substitutions from's Home Cooking section
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