Frontier Natural Products - Grains of Paradise Seed - 2.26 oz. (64 g) Frontier Natural Products Grains of Paradise Seed contains non-irradiated seeds that are freshness dated. To ensure fresh flavor that's always pure and natural, Frontier's spices are quality tested and freshness dated. Commonly referred to as alligator pepper or melegueta pepper, Frontier's gourmet grains of paradise are grown in Africa and provide a warm, spicy bite with slightly bitter overtones. Imagine one little seed that tastes like a combination of a mild black pepper, ginger, cardamom and coriander. Warm, spicy, a tad bitter, Grains of Paradise have a full, delicious taste and a lovely, citrus aroma. Botanical name: Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K. Schumann Wade into the swamps of the West African "pepper coast," and you'll find this herbaceous, leafy perennial. The cube-ish seeds are found in pods that develop from violet/white, trumpet-like flowers. Grey when ground, the seeds are at first reddish brown. A member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), the spice is also known as melegueta pepper, guinea grains, guinea pepper, and alligator pepper. (It's not the same spice as Brazilian Malagueta pepper, though, which is a member of the Capsicum family.) Commonly referred to as alligator pepper or melegueta pepper, Frontier's gourmet grains of paradise are grown in Africa and provide a warm, spicy bite with slightly bitter overtones. Grains of Paradise traveled the spice route via caravans over the Sahara. In Europe, it was often substituted for black pepper--until Vasco da Gama reached India in 1498 and replenished supplies of black pepper. The seeds were first named "Grains of Paradise" in the Middle Ages, when they were enjoyed as flavorings. They were often used throughout history to flavor alcohol.