Allspice (Pimenta officinalis) is the berry of a tree native to Jamaica and other West India islands, where it was found in use as a spice by the explorers in the days of the enthusiasm of the new world discovery. It was probably this substance that Garret, a druggist of London, 1601, gave to Clusius (153), who described it in his Liber Exoticorum. According to Parkinson's (492) Theatrum Botanicum, 1567, it was imported into England soon after the beginning of that century, under the name round cardamom. It has received many different names in its passage through various countries. Its chief use is as a spice, but a distilled water made therefrom has also been employed.
The History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P., 1911, was written by John Uri Lloyd.