Additionally referred to as “Pimenta,” “Jamaica Pimenta” or “Myrtle Pepper,” Allspice is actually the dried unripened berry of the Pimenta dioica, a small midcanopy tree originating in southern Mexico, Central America and the Greater Antilles.

The tree is technically categorized as an evergreen shrub, though it can grow to nearly 60 feet in height, and is highly adaptable to container growing as a houseplant.

Allspice is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, and is also one of the most important ingredients in Caribbean cooking, including Jamaican jerk seasoning.