Aframomum melegueta is a perennial herb with a palm-like appearance, growing to a height of – m (Figure ). It has smooth, narrow leaves, about Cultivation Details. A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the . Descriptions and articles about the Melegueta Pepper, scientifically known as Aframomum melegueta in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Evolution and.

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Ethnobotany of Brazil’s African Diaspora: The first known reference to the plant dates from A.

Aframomum melegueta – Scientific Review on Usage, Dosage, Side Effects |

The entire flora 13 volumes can now be downloaded from http: It produces purple coloured flowers which develops into pods that are not longer than 7cm. It shows some promise in fat-mass meoegueta at doses possibly consumable via food products. Aframomum melegueta Alligator Pepper, Grains of Paradise is a herb where the nelegueta have traditional usage mostly as a pungent spice to season foods with.

Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. The stem meleguetq times can be short, and usually shows signs of scars and dropped leaves.

It is one of many pungent herbs said to aid in sexuality and aphrodisia [10] although the class of ‘pungent herb’ appears to be mentioned more than this particular seed. The presence of the seeds in the diets of lowland gorillas in the wild seems to have some sort of salubrious effect on their cardiovascular health.

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Before then, it mlegueta a plant that has never left the mouth of the people for one reason or the other. They were entirely different from black peppercorns and in my mind, incomparably better.

Grains of Paradise or Alligator Pepper? Publisher Weinheim Year ISBN – Description An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Essential oilswhich are the dominating flavor components in the closely related cardamom[2] occur only in traces. Retrieved 18 April Click here to see the full set of references for this page. It belongs to the Ginger family Zingiberaceae.


This is not only because of its various uses but also the historical value attached to it. Readable yet also very detailed. However, the two are completely different species of Aframomum. Many contemporary languages have loan translations of that name, e.

Culinary Australian Bangladeshi Indian Pakistani. In West African folk medicinegrains of paradise are valued for their warming and digestive properties, and among the Efik people in Nigeria have been used for divination and ordeals determining guilt. Selected Links The Epicentre: Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat.

Aframomum melegueta

The grant came at the cost ofaframomumm annually and agreement to explore miles of the coast of Africa per year for five years; this gives some indication of the European value of the spice.

Grains of Paradise Sorting Aframomum names www. It produces purple coloured flowers which develops into pods that can be as long as 8cm and about 3cm wide.

Aromatic Spice and Medicinal Herb. Austin, “Florida ethnobotany”p. To obtain best results, grains of paradise must be ground before use and should be added shortly before serving. You might also want to read my previous post on these species.

Since then, the importance of this spice has vanished to quite zero in our days; outside its production area Central Africait is only known in Northern Africa and may appear in Moroccan spice mixtures see cubeb pepper.

Grains of Paradise World Merchants: Other work reports 6 -paradole, 6 -shoagole and 6 -gingerole 5-hydroxy- 6 -paradole are reported as the main hydroxyarylalkanones. Activators Triptolide Tripterygium wilfordii.

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See also negro pepper for a comparison of several pungent spices. The West African coast got its name pepper coast because the grains of paradise were traded there.

Aframomum melegueta is also referred to as the Grains of Mlegueta, Guinea aframimum, Guinea pepper but not Alligator pepper. The reference would, then, be the pungent, biting flavour of the spice. It is said to be a welcoming process for the baby. Retrieved 24 December In the countries of origin, the seeds are used not only to flavour food, but they are also chewed on cold days to warm the body. Grains of paradise are starting to enjoy a slight resurgence in popularity in North America due to their use by some well-known chefs.

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It is now known that A. When chewed together, the hot spicy taste enhances or reduces the bitter taste from the kola nut. It is said to be a welcoming process for the baby. In the West, grains of paradise are now hard to obtain, but still valuable for people following old recipes e. Aframomum melegueta appears to have some anti-diabetic and anti-obese mechanisms, although neither are remarkable the one human study conducted in humans has confirmed an increase in metabolic rate, but required both cold exposure as well as brown fat on the person in question as prerequisites.

In the 18th century, its importation to Great Britain collapsed after a parliamentary act of George III forbade its use in alcoholic beverages. This plant is Aframomum citratuma close relative of grains of paradise. Can you tell the difference between these seeds?