Allspice, also known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento, is the dried unripeberryof Pimenta dioica, amidcanopytree native to theGreater Antilles, southernMexico, andCentral America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name “allspice” was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who valued it as aspicethat combined the flavours ofcinnamon,nutmeg, andclove.
Scientific research shows allspice has many medicinal properties. It relieves pain, eases stomach upset, and kills bacteria and fungus. Compounds in allspice are also being investigated for use in the treatment of cancer andhypertension.