Allspice is the dried fruit of a tropical evergreen tree which is related to the myrtle and is very similar to pepper. It was named allspice because it combines flavors and aromas of many different spices, namely these of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. In reality, allspice can substitute and be substituted with all these spices!
The allspice’s peppery aroma, which is similar to that of clove, makes us think of gingerbread, cookies and mulled wine, foods that we crave when the temperature begins to drop and we need something warm. But this fragrant spice has a place both in sweet and savory dishes, throughout the year.