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What Are Grains Of Paradise?

glass bowl filled with grains of paradise spice

We’ve recently been experimenting with our certified organic Grains of Paradise, and we’ve found that they have a multitude of uses in the kitchen and beyond.

What are grains of paradise?

Grains of Paradise are the seeds of a perennial plant native to the West African coast. Sometimes referred to melegueta pepper, this plant is in the same family as ginger and shares the warming and carminative properties that we often associate with ginger. Grains of Paradise have peppery initial flavor deliciously balanced with notes of ginger and cardamom.

Traditional uses for Grains of Paradise

Historically, this spice has been used as a substitute for black peppercorns, and has traditionally been used in the cuisines of Northern and West Africa. These seeds also occupy a revered space in the folk tradition of Voodoo in the Caribbean and are commonly used in different rituals.

glass bowl filled with grains of paradise spice with bag of grains of paradise and mortar and pestle

Growing Popularity

Grains of Paradise have been used for years as a unique flavoring in different craft beers and gins from North America, but these exotic seeds have just begun to be utilized by top chefs in the United States. The word is out on their colorful, enticing flavor! The seeds are generally ground into a powder before use, though they can be added whole to stews and such.  Check out our spice grinders and mortar and pestles for that perfect grind.


Five Culinary Uses For Grains of Paradise:

  • Use as a dry rub on all your protein rich creations
  • Try sprinkling atop grilled or roasted vegetables
  • Add some powder to your next apple pie
  • Whisk into a marinade for veggies or oceanic proteins

Make Your Own Mulling Spices!


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Written by Our Products on May 17, 2017

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