Allspice is one of the most important ingredients of Caribbean cuisine. Allspice is also indispensable in middle eastern cuisine. The complex flavor of allspice gives the spice its name since it is considered to combine the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It pairs well with other warming spices such as cardamom and is balanced well with sweet, salty and umami flavors.
- It is also an ingredient in commercial sausage preparations, curry powders, cakes and desserts, marinades and pickles.
- For the most aromatic and intense flavor, the whole allspice berries are the best ground immediately before use.
- Allspice is a staple in Caribbean food and is central in the Caribbean jerk seasoning.
- In the United States, you will mainly find allspice in dessert recipes, while in the Middle East, allspice is highlighted in savory meat dishes.
- Allspice is also a common ingredient in sausages.
- In Indian cuisine, the spice is paired with beef and lamb.