The pimento or cherry pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chile pepper) that measures 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. Pimiento is the Spanish word for â€œpepper.â€ The flesh of the sweet pimento is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper. They are the red stuffing found in green olives.
Just to keep things interesting, Jamaicans call what the world knows as allspice "Pimento"--a word that elsewhere refers o bell peppers or chiles. The more global name refers to the allspice berry, which has the taste of nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper and clove. All the same, Jamaicans deserve a big say in this naming, since all but a tiny bit of pimento is grown in Jamaica, the remainder being grown in southern Cuba. Thanks to its embrace by English and Spanish colonist, allspice is used in numerous Jamaican classics, from Escoveitched Fish to Jerk Pork.