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Grains of Paradise (Afarmomum or Amomum Melegueta)

A tiny spice coming from the West Coast of Africa, and also known as Melegueta pepper. I was popular in Britain and Europe from Elizabethan times to the 19th century, but is now hard to find. It's related to cardamom and has a hot, peppery taste mixed with the scent of cardamom. So try mixing pepper with a little cardamom and ginger as a substitute. The main use today is in West African cookery although in Scandinavia they add it to beer, wine and spirits, notably akvavit.

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