Allspice Berry
Allspice Berry
Allspice Berry
Allspice Berry
Allspice Berry
Allspice Berry

Allspice Berry

The Jamaican pepper is an extraordinary pepper. We must call this pepper Chili by pepper of Jamaica because only pepper nigrum can have the name of pepper. But in the custom we say pepper chili from Jamaica. The Jamaican Chili has a taste between nutmeg and cloves. It looks a bit like the 4 spice mix. It is a great pepper, especially for gratins.

  • Pepper power: 10/10
  • Main notes: Notes of 4 spices, cloves and wood
  • Use: Ideal for all savory dishes, especially meats
  • Origin: Guatemala and Brazil

Buy at the best price the pepper of Jamaica pepper, a berry with a large grain of brown color. A berry with a natural note of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.




Today, I would like to introduce you to allspice or false allspice pepper . Here, you will discover how to use it, recipes and above all buy allspice pepper at the best value for money. 

You should know that it is a bay that will have more than a  thousand facets for its use.

I am Arnaud Sion , the creator of Comptoir de Toamasina and my nickname is Anraud Vanille . Since 2014 and the Thalassa Destination Vanille report . 

As a cooking enthusiast and avid spice lover, I have the pleasure of guiding you through its subtleties and varied uses.

Sometimes referred to by various names such as " 4-spice ", " indian wood " or even " all-spice ", allspice is distinguished by its unique character. For me, it is the most powerful berry in the world.

Unlike traditional chili peppers or pepper, this spice does not provide any spicy sensation. Its name chili comes from Pimenta from Portuguese to French literally chili.

However, its rich and complex flavor profile makes it a true culinary marvel.

  • Do not hesitate to buy it in its pepper mill format on our online store . 

When I wanted to offer it to you, I wanted to create recipes and instructions for use because it is an incredible berry. Jamaica berry is a spice that will take your cooking on a journey. 

My family business offers you this spice in the form of grains, to be ground and crushed at the time of each use. Its intoxicating scent evokes a harmonious marriage between pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Whether to enhance exquisite chutneys, tasty fruit compotes, comforting gingerbreads or gourmet cakes, allspice proves to be a precious ally in the kitchen.

You will discover why I am particularly enthusiastic about revealing to you the multiple ways to incorporate this spice into your culinary preparations. Whether in a delicate shellfish sauce, a sauce to enhance langoustines or lobsters, or simply to enhance the flavor of baked fish, a few grains of allspice are enough to enhance your dishes.

As you explore the flavors of Jamaica Bay, you will discover an array of endless culinary possibilities. Ground, it is ideal for making fragrant broths, purees, exquisite jams or even for incorporation into your favorite pastry recipes. And even in cocktails. 

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Are you looking for allspice beans?

Le Comptoir de Toamasina offers you this spice in kilo format , in a bottle and in a pepper mill . 

  • Our official price of allspice per kilo is 24 euros


Pimenta da Jamaica, also known by different local names, is a species of tree in the Myrtaceae family, native to Central America and the Caribbean. It can reach up to 10 meters in height and flourishes in subtropical, temperate and tropical climates.

Its tree and its leaves will smell like cloves.

Its cultivation requires little light and it is characterized by a persistent life cycle.

The optimal planting period extends from September to January, with a first harvest expected between 4 and 5 years after planting. Please note, we are here for the southern hemisphere.

Subsequent harvests can be done every 6 months.

This species grows harmoniously with a wide variety of other trees and smaller crops, as long as the necessary spacing is respected for each species.

Pimenta da Jamaica offers a unique palette of flavors and is treasured in many cuisines around the world for its captivating aroma and taste properties.

Pimenta dioica, commonly known as Pimenta-da-Jamaica or Pimenta-de-Coroa, is a species of tree in the Myrtaceae family, which can reach 10 meters in height. Its dried fruits are used as a condiment, combining easily with other spices and giving off an odor similar to a mixture of cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg.

This tree has smooth, grayish bark, leathery leaves, flowers in axillary crowns and berry fruits. Native to Central America and the Caribbean, its wood is used to make canes, and its bark, fruits, and seeds are stimulant, carminative, aromatic, and black pepper substitute. In Brazil it is also known under the names murta-pimenta and Pimenta.

The leaves of this tree have medicinal applications (for example, in gynecological disorders or as an analgesic) and in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes. The wood is used for the construction of furniture and rural buildings. The flowers are useful for the production of honey and the trees for shading coffee plantations, as hedges or as ornamental plants. It is endemic to the neotropics where its current distribution is limited (Mexico, Belize, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba and Jamaica).


Allspice  is  a berry that will work wonders in all sauces, white meats, vegetables and stuffings.

You will discover a berry with notes of  pepper, nutmeg ,  cloves and cinnamon .

You see it is a unique and incredible bay.


Conservation du Piment de la Jamaïque

To preserve the intense freshness and aroma of allspice, discover my 4 incredible methods: 

  1. Opt for an airtight container: Whether grain or ground, it is essential to store allspice in an airtight container to prevent any alteration of its flavors. Our bottles and sachets are specially designed to preserve its flavor. 

  2. Keep it at room temperature: This condiment thrives perfectly at room temperature, providing a convenient solution for storage in any kitchen.

  3. Protect it from direct sunlight: As with most spices, it is crucial to avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as this could compromise the quality and freshness of the product.

  4. Choose a cool, dark place: Store your allspice in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard or cabinet, away from any heat sources, such as the oven or stovetop, to ensure its longevity and optimal aroma.


Allspice, also known as "all-spice", 4-spice is a versatile and fragrant spice that can add a depth of flavor to many dishes. Here's how to use it:

  1. With meats: Its woody and spicy flavor goes particularly well with meats, particularly game such as deer or wild boar. It can be used in marinades to give an exotic touch to grilled foods. An aromatic pepper, it likes strong meats. 

  2. In sauces: Add a pinch of allspice to pasta sauces, tomato-based sauces or creamy sauces for a subtle heat note and complex aroma. You have to grind it at the last moment.

  3. In rice: Incorporating allspice into rice when cooking can enhance its flavor and make it more interesting. It complements rice dishes with Caribbean or Mexican influences particularly well.

  4. With fruit: This spice goes surprisingly well with fruit, especially tropical fruits like mango, pineapple or banana. Sprinkle it on fresh cut fruit for an exotic and tasty snack.

  5. In compotes: Add a touch of allspice to fruit compotes for an interesting contrast of flavors. It can help balance the sweetness of fruit with its spicy flavor.

  6. In flans and desserts: Use it sparingly in desserts such as flans, puddings or crème brûlées to add a subtle depth of flavor and a hint of the exotic.

Savory Recipes:

  1. Jerk Chicken: Rub the chicken with a spice blend including ground allspice, garlic, thyme and hot peppers.
  2. Beef Stew: Add a few whole allspice berries to your stew for a deep, complex flavor.
  3. Marinades: Incorporate ground allspice into your marinades for meats or fish to give them a spicy and aromatic taste.
  4. Grilled Allspice Shrimp: Season peeled shrimp with ground allspice, lemon juice, olive oil and minced garlic, then grill for a deliciously spicy entrée.
  5. Red Bean and Allspice Rice: Add ground allspice to red bean rice for an authentic Caribbean twist, perfect as an accompaniment to meat or fish dishes.

  6. Allspice Vegetable Curry: Make a vegetarian curry by simmering seasonal vegetables with coconut milk, curry powder and a pinch of allspice for an exotic flavor.

Sweet Recipes:

  1. Cakes and Gingerbreads: Use ground allspice in your spiced cake recipes for a warm, fragrant note.
  2. Fruit Compotes: A pinch of allspice can enhance the taste of your apple or pear compotes.

  3. Hot Chocolate: Add a touch of allspice to your hot chocolate for a comforting drink with a hint of the exotic.

  4. Flambéed Bananas with Allspice: Sauté banana slices in melted butter with a hint of allspice, then flambé them with rum for a spectacular, spicy dessert.

  5. Spiced Pumpkin Pie: Add ground allspice to your traditional pumpkin pie recipe for an even more flavorful and aromatic version, perfect for fall.

  6. Allspice Punch: Mix pineapple juice, orange juice, rum, cane sugar syrup and a pinch of allspice to create an exotic and refreshing punch to serve at your parties festive.


It is a spice that is very easy to cultivate in South America. Our Jamaican Pepper has two sources.

Our main source is Brazil. It is a spice that comes from a majestic tree. Once it has flowered, bees come to gather in the tree, the flowers will wither and then the berries will appear. 

They will be harvested when ripe and then dried in the Sun. 

The grains will have a brown color after drying, if you take a clay ball and put it next to the allspice you will say it is the same color . 

The berries can be small, medium or even gigantic . It's a berry that rolls under the finger like a pearl. 

The inside of this berry is hollow with two small seeds inside. 

Did you know: That it is a tree that likes a hot and humid climate with rainfall reaching 1300mm per year. It loves soil humidity of 80° and a PH between 5 and 6. 

Average temperature 25°C.

Production per hectare is around 400 to 500kg per year. 

In Brazil, it is in Bahia that we produce the most. Jamaica is the best producer with 70% of world production. Producing country: Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Cuba. 


As with our Madagascar black pepper and our vanilla pods , Le Comptoir de Toamasina wishes to only have a hand-picked Jamaican pepper. 

We will explain the pickings to you. 

Did you know, it is in the South-East region of Bahia that the harvest takes place between December and February. It is carried out 3 to 4 months after flowering.

Allspice production begins in the fourth year after planting the tree.

The fruits should be harvested when fully ripe. Its color must be green and above all it must be too ripe so that it does not lose its aroma.

Now, we will explain the two harvesting methods, one manual and the other chemical. 

Manual harvesting:  It is very often women who will use tripod ladders to harvest  allspice peppercorns . 

The branches are tied, then the fruit clusters are harvested and finally put in a bag. 

The fruits are separated from the stems. The daily yield is around 4kg of processed pepper. 

Chemical harvesting:  Harvesting involves using a phytoregulating product which will act by releasing ethylene which will cause the fruit to fall. 

The product is sprayed on the plant, it is 20ml of product per 100 liters of water. 

From the second day the flower buds begin to fall with a peak on the fourth and fifth days. 

Fallen fruit should be harvested throughout the day to maintain the best quality.

Native country
Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil
Pimenta dioica
Jamaican pepper
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