Pepper-like flavour, like a cross between black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.
Traditionally used in Caribbean cuisine.
Use in meat rubs and marinades.
Also use in pickling and drinks.
Allspice is the dried pimenta fruit.
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Jamaican Jerk: Allspice is one of the defining flavour of Jamaican Jerk seasoning. Crush the allspice and mix with chilli, garlic, onions, coriander, vinegar and citrus juices. Rub into meats before frying or oven-cooking.
In meat marinades: Crush before use and mix with other spices such as chilli, coriander and cassia. Add garlic and vinegar and leave the meat to stand in the mix for as long as possible.
Mulled Wine: Allspice can be used in mulled wine along with cinnamon, star anise, cloves and nutmeg.
Pickling: Combine whole allspice with mustard seeds, vinegar and other seasonings to pickle vegetables.
"Cracked Jamaican Pepper": Allspice is sometimes referred to as Jamaican pepper. The dried fruits are hard and look like large pepper corns. If you have a large pepper mill, you can add some whole allspice to your regular peppercorns, for a more spicy flavour.