Grains of Paradise

Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta) are the seeds from a West African herbaceous perennial which is a member of the ginger family.  The seeds have a peppery flavor, which gives them the names such as alligator pepper and Guinea pepper.

Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)
Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)

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Recipes using Grains of Paradise

Grains of Paradise is one of the more exotic botanicals we offer.  Parson’s Bitters contains one recipe, for rhubarb bitters, which uses grains of paradise.

Other Uses

Grains of Paradise were used as a substitute for pepper in the Middle Ages.  In fact, the ‘grains’ were an ingredient in hippocras or ipocras, a spiced wine consumed as a digestif in the sixteenth century.

Modernly, in addition to cooking, grains of paradise are used to flavor some beers, akvavit, and even gin.


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