Allspice is a pea-sized, dried unripe fruit of Pimenta Diocica, native to Central and South America. Its name is derived from its rich, complex flavour, combining cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The fruit is picked green and dried, usually in the sun, undergoing a color change to brown and resembling peppercorns measuring 4 – 7 millimetres with wrinkled skin. It is available as whole seeds or more commonly already ground into powder, though the whole seeds retain far more flavour. The highest quality allspice is known to be cultivated in Jamaica due to its climate, and is a central ingredient to cuisine of the Carribean.