Allspice – 10 Things You Didn’t Know

pepper vs. allspice

  1. Allspice is NOT a mixture of spices.
  2. Allspice is the dried fruit of the Pimenta Dioica, a tree native to Central America and the Caribbean.
  3. Allspice was discovered by Christopher Columbus in Jamaica on one of his voyages to the new World.
  4. In the early 17th century, it was named allspice because spice traders identified it with a combination of flavors: clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. The success of allspice can be attributed to the fact that its flavor is well preserved when the fruit is dried.
  6. The leaves of the allspice tree also carry the same flavor as the fruit, but lose their potency when dry.
  7. Allspice is one of the top spices with antimicrobial properties.
  8. Don’t confuse allspice with whole peppercorns, they are two different spices.
  9. Allspice is used in a variety of applications, including sausage preparation, stews, pickling, and even desserts such as pumpkin pie.
  10. Allspice is one of the major spices used in…ketchup.
  • Kermit

    Interesting facts. Except that Christopher Columbus didn’t “discover” anything. There must’ve been, I dunno, several million indigenous people who were using that fruit before Columbus’s lineage even crawled their way out of their caves.

    • Fooducate

      Good point!

    • Bridget Eason

      Love the facts Kermit!