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Grains of Paradise Seed

Frontier Gourmet Grains of Paradise Seed 2.26 oz. Grinder Bottle Frontier Gourmet Grains of Paradise Seed 2.26 oz. Grinder Bottle (Aframomum melegueta)
Frontier Gourmet Grains of Paradise Seed 2.26 oz. Grinder Bottle
Frontier Gourmet Grains of Paradise Seed 2.26 oz. Grinder Bottle
Size: 2.26 oz.
Price: $7.69 $6.54 SALE!!
Botanical Name: Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K. Schumann
Product Notes: A tasty, peppery little seed traditionally used in Middle Eastern and African cuisines.
Origin: Ivory Coast of Africa
Kosher: KSA Certified
Common Name: Grains of Paradise
Plant Part: Seed
Grade: Ivory Coast
Bar Code: 0-89836-18276-0
2.26 oz. Grinder Bottle $7.69

Imagine one little seed that tastes like a combination of a mild black pepper, ginger, cardamom and coriander. Warm, spicy, a tad bitter, Grains of Paradise have a full, delicious taste and a lovely, citrus aroma.

Botanical name: Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K. Schumann

Grains of ParadiseWade into the swamps of the West African "pepper coast," and you'll find this herbaceous, leafy perennial. The cube-ish seeds are found in pods that develop from violet/white, trumpet-like flowers. Grey when ground, the seeds are at first reddish brown. A member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), the spice is also known as melegueta pepper, guinea grains, guinea pepper, and alligator pepper. (It's not the same spice as Brazilian Malagueta pepper, though, which is a member of the Capsicum family.)

Commonly referred to as alligator pepper or melegueta pepper, our gourmet grains of paradise are grown in Africa and provide a warm, spicy bite with slightly bitter overtones. Grains of Paradise traveled the spice route via caravans over the Sahara. In Europe, it was often substituted for black pepper--until Vasco da Gama reached India in 1498 and replenished supplies of black pepper. The seeds were first named "Grains of Paradise" in the Middle Ages, when they were enjoyed as flavorings. They were often used throughout history to flavor alcohol. In fact, while England's Queen Elizabeth I used the grains for spicing wines and strengthening beer, King George III later declared the practice illegal and issued a heavy fine on any brewer who possessed the grains--as well as any druggist who sold it to a brewer. In the Caribbean islands, natives use the seeds for medicine and in voodoo rites. West Africans use the spice as a flavoring, but they also chew the seeds for their warming and digestive properties.

Suggested Uses:
Traditionally used in Middle Eastern and West and North African cuisines, the spice is quickly gaining popularity in the rest of the world. Not quite as hot as black pepper, Grains of Paradise can be used more liberally in cooking. It's most flavorful when ground just before use and added to a dish just before serving. The spice often shows up in Moroccan spice mixtures and Tunisian stews. Try them ground into dipping sauces or rubbed on meats and poultry before grilling or roasting. They compliment grains and beans and most vegetables, but especially eggplant. You can sometimes find Grains of Paradise as an ingredient in sausages and spiced wines.

Ghana and Nigeria are the major producers of Grains of Paradise.

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