As you might suspect from its name, allspice has a sweet taste that’s reminiscent of a number of different spices, including cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Because of its sweetness, it’s commonly used in baked goods like spice cakes, dessert breads and cookies. It’s also the primary flavor in Jamaican jerk seasoning.
Many chefs prefer whole allspice because of the more intense flavor and aroma you get by crushing or grinding it just prior to use.
We source our Spice Islands® whole allspice from Jamaica, where it is prized for its high oil content.