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Grains of Paradise

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COMMON NAME 

Standardized: grains-of-paradise
Other: Guinea grains, melegueta pepper

BOTANICAL NAME

Aframomum melegueta K. Schum.
Plant Family: Zingiberaceae

INTRODUCTION

Grains of Paradise are the seeds of an herbaceous perennial plant native to the swamplands of the West African coast. The plant bears pods 5 to 7 cm long containing abundant small, reddish-brown seeds. Once a prized commodity, Grains of Paradise received their name during the Middle Ages. The coast of West Africa became known as the Grain Coast because Grains of Paradise were traded there.

CONSTITUENTS

Gingerol, paradol, shagaol, manganese, gum, tannin, starch.

PARTS USED

Ground seeds.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Grains of Paradise are commonly used in West and North African cooking. Traditionally, they have been imported through the Sahara desert via caravan, and from there to Sicily and Italy. Today, the spice is not widely known outside of West and North Africa, except as a flavor additive in certain beers and gins. In the United States, Grains of Paradise have undergone a small but enthusiastic revival due to their use by some celebrated chefs. Currently, they are popularly used by many of our nation's leading breweries.

SUMMARY

Grains of Paradise are also used by people on certain diets, such as a raw food diet, because they are less irritating to digestion than black pepper.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*