Primarily used in cooking, allspice is the dried unripe berry of the Pimenta dioica tree. While its name would make it seem to be a mix of many spices, this singular berry was named "allspice" as early as 1621, as its flavor was prized as the perfect combination of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
Used whole or ground, it is a versatile spice used in both sweet and savory dishes. Allspice is a staple in Caribbean cuisine, and is a delicious and fragrant addition to stews, meat dishes, and pickling blends. In the United States, it is used in many baking recipes around the holidays, and is a main component in mulling spice mixes.