Allspice berries have a combined flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, with a hint of juniper and peppercorn. Some enterprising spice companies sell a mixture of spices as allspice, so be sure to check the ingredients on the label to make sure you're getting the real thing. Allspice holds a prominent place in Caribbean and Latin savory and sweet dishes. It's also an important ingredient in many spice mixes, pickles, chutneys, vegetables, soups and, of course, desserts. Allspice is a favored component in holiday treats like mincemeat and eggnog. Allspice oleoresin is a natural mixture of resin and the oils of the myrtle berry and it's often used in making sausage. Allspice is a major component of pickling spice, which is a combination of ground allspice pimenta and a dozen other spices. Allspice used for cooking can be in powdered form or a whole berry.