Grains of Paradise are a complex, aromatic ingredient beloved across Africa, especially in Ethiopian and West African cuisines.
Use whole or grind into stews and sauces for a heat that’s reminiscent of black pepper but beautifully herbal, floral and citrusy.
Origin: Bench Maji, Ethiopia
- Aliases: Melegueta pepper, alligator pepper, ossame, fom wisa
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% grains of paradise (Aframomum melegueta)
- Tasting notes: Fresh Herbs • Lemon Zest • Pickled Ginger
- Add a pinch of whole grains to rice or grains to infuse with flavor.
- Grind the grains to add to banana bread or other sweet baked goods.
- Grind and blend with chili, turmeric, cumin and paprika for a homemade berbere.
- Pairs well with: Cobanero Chili, New Harvest Turmeric, Royal Cinnamon
Our Grains of Paradise are grown by a cooperative of farmers in Bench Maji in southern Ethiopia.
Also known in West Africa as Melegueta pepper, they are related to cardamom and ginger, and they are harvested from pods produced by a trumpet-shaped purple flower.
So far I haven't used this product yet, but look forward to including it in a recipe or two as we deal with the abundance of vegetables and whatnot this fall.
Added this crushed to pizza sauce and it added great flavor!
I tried it by itself because it smells so good, you don’t need much but an added delight.
This is a great addition to the rack...like the title says, it's like ginger and cardamom, fantastic. Gentle enough to eat a couple at a time (lighter than clove), they make excellent additions to savory dessert and morning coffee.
So far very pleased; have tried some new entrees for which these spices are important ingredients.