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Native to West Africa, grains of paradise typically grows in swampy coastal habitats and are related to cardamom. Often mistaken for alligator pepper (a closely related spice), grains of paradise (aframomum melegueta) is a species of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. This much-loved spice is also commonly known as melegueta pepper, guinea grains, ossame and efom wisa.Contact Us
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Frequently Asked Questions
No, the two seeds are different. Both are species of aframomum and look similar, so are easily mistaken for one another.
Though it was widely used as a substitute for black pepper in Europe in the 14th and 15th century, grains of paradise does have a distinct taste of its own. It’s not as ‘sharp’ as black pepper, resulting in a more subtle flavour, but if a generous amount is added it can really transform a meal. Containing hints of citrus, pepper, ginger, cardamom and coriander, grains of paradise arguably have a more complex flavour than black pepper.