Our Organic Whole Allspice is made from a special variety of berry like fruit that are picked before they ripen and allowed to dry. These little balls, similar looking to peppercorns, have a unique fragrance and spicy-sweetness that is reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. In their whole form, this spice is great for adding into soaking liquids such as stocks, broths, or mulling wine Ðand are a particularly popular addition to jars of pickled veggies. Best of all the whole form preserves the robust flavors of the spice, and if ground immediately prior to use, promise to give an extra punch of spicy-sweet flavor. The spiceÕs flavor profile is celebrated for its versatility, allowing it to accentuate the savory flavor of meat dishes, as well as enhance the sweetness of your favorite desserts. Like all our stuff, this gluten-free spice has not undergone any irradiation or chemical treatments, ensuring a level of freshness that youÕre sure to love. This product can either be used in its whole form, or ground into a powder prior to usage. If youÕre going to grind it yourself, purchasing in the whole form ensures that the flavors and aromas are preserved, giving a more robust layer of profile to your final dish. However, even if you donÕt choose to grind the berries, there are all sorts of creative ways to take advantage of the spicy-sweetness and nostril-widening fragrance of the whole spice. Some popular options are adding in a few spoonfuls to your next batch of pickled veggies, combing with red wine and other mulling spices, boiling with veggie or meat stocks, or even tossing into your next pot of rice (remove before eating). If youÕre looking for a deliciously creative use for these unique berries, try adding in spoonful to your next batch of cold-brewed coffee or tea. Simply mix whole allspice pods with ground coffee or tea and your desired amount of water, place in the refrigerator, leave overnight, strain out the grounds/leaves/allspice, and enjoy!