Allspice Berries

Allspice Berries
Allspice Berries
Allspice Berries Allspice Berries
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1.8 oz
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Allspice Berries are smooth, round, mahogany brown, and emanate an intoxicating swirl of spicy black pepper, woodsy clove and cinnamon, and brisk ginger, with a tiny hint of licorice that peeks out from time to time. At first taste, the volatile oils come forward, carrying a fresh burst of pepper and clove, accompanied by a bit of a cool sensation. With a volatile oil content that is approximately 2-3% of the total weight, this potent little berry offers rich flavors and aromas with a mild anesthetic effect. Eugenol is the primary component in the volatile oil and has anesthetic and antiseptic qualities.

When Christopher Columbus encountered allspice on the island of Jamaica during his second voyage to the New World, he looked at the smooth, round, brown-black berries and immediately misnamed them. He called them pimiento, or “pepper”, because he thought he was looking at peppercorns. Allspice is native to southern Mexico and grows exclusively in the western hemisphere, having found compatible growing conditions in several regions throughout the Caribbean. Mexican Allspice berries have the largest size and darkest color relative to other allspice growing countries. The allspice tree and fruit are known colloquially in Mexico as pimienta gorda, or “fat pepper”, because the berries are so big and plump.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Allspice Berries are standard ingredients in the seed-based sauces of southern Mexico, called pipians. Make a pipian with red chiles, peanuts, and allspice berries. Create a jerk seasoning by toasting allspice berries and spicy peppers; grind and rub on chicken, pork, or goat. Add to pickling brine and pickle onions, beets, berries, or a summery ceviche. Grind into homemade mustard. Blend into a tomato-cream sauce and serve over shrimp and pasta. Make a mushroom and bacon-hearty hunter’s sauce with an allspice twist. Add allspice to caramel for an autumn-spiced treat, toast and grind and stir into pumpkin pie, or sprinkle over rice pudding. Steep with rum and for 10 days and give classic cocktails a boost with a splash of allspice dram. Allspice can be potent so be judicious when first using, so it doesn’t overpower a dish. We also offer Ground Allspice.

Depending on the time of year and availability our Allspice Berries may be cultivated in Guatemala, Honduras, or Mexico.

This product is certified kosher.


Hungry for more information?

Volatile Oils of Spices
Holiday Spice Guide
The Different Mexican Moles
5 Things Christopher Columbus Ate


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.5g2%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.5 out of 5
2 total ratings.

Al W. (Verified buyer) 02/03/2022
Allspice Berries, et al. First time purchaser from Spices Inc. and I am very impressed! Items I ordered were well labeled, securely packed, and delivered very promptly, even with standard shipping. The berries have only been used in 1 recipe so far (Colombian Braised Beef), and are part of a bunch of interesting spices in that case. All I can say is we really liked that dish, and I am sure they did their part. I will be buying all my spices here from now on.

Robert S. (Verified buyer) 04/16/2022
They are very aromatic. A few stems, but that s They are very aromatic. A few stems, but they shouldn't matter. What you should ask is: What did you think of the Jamaican jerk sample that we included?