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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They cracked like coriander releasing a billowing aroma, and then a slowly intensifying heat, like pepper at the back of my meleguetz.

The taste changes in a second. But the spice flavor was pleasantly tempered, ripe with flavors reminiscent of jasmine, hazelnut, butter and citrus, and with the kind of oiliness you get from nuts.

They were entirely different from black peppercorns and in my mind, incomparably better. It is for …………………….

This is not only because of its various uses but also the historical value attached to it. The first known reference afrakomum the plant dates from A. Around the 14thth Century, Pliny mentioned it to be African pepper and it was later referred to as Grains of Paradise when it became a popular substitute for Black pepper in Europe. The first scientific puplication on this plant was done by Karl Moritz Schumann on the 4th October, Wait a minute ……Is this Alligator pepper or A.


It belongs to the Ginger family Zingiberaceae.

Aframomum melegueta – Wikipedia

It possesses tufted leafy stem that can be up to 1. The leaves are simple, alternate and lanceolate. It produces purple coloured flowers which develops into pods that can be as long as 8cm and afeamomum 3cm wide.

The fruits are fleshy, indehiscent and produce spikes. It can be mixed with coriander, cinnamon, dried chilies and afframomum as a condiment for grilled lamb, chicken, fish, pumpkin and okra, or added to soups, stews and pickling mixtures. It is said to be a welcoming process for the baby. It is also used as a traditional wedding gift in the same Yoruba culture.

Spice Pages: Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta, Guinea pepper, Malaguetta pepper)

In addition to this, A. When chewed together, the hot spicy taste enhances or reduces the bitter taste from the kola nut. It is also used for religious voodoo rites at the Caribbean Islands. The spice grows wild in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and Liberia.

Aframomum melegueta (Grains of paradise) is not Alligator pepper part 2

It is worthy to aftamomum that this same plant generally known as Alligator pepper by a Lay-man in many countries i. You might also want to read my previous post on these species. Grains of Paradise or Alligator Pepper? C, and Ekanem B. World Journal of Applied Environmental Chemistry.


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Grains of paradise Aframomum melegueta extract activates brown adipose tissue and increases whole-body energy expenditure in men. British Journal of Nutrition. The Plant List Alligator pepper; Aframomum meleguetaand Ginger; Zingiber officinale, reduce stored maize infestation by the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais in traditional African granaries.

Melebueta Sleuth Journal An herb for Thought: Aframomum melegueta Grains of paradise is not Alligator pepper Tropical Biodiversity. Ginger Zingiber officinale Rosc. Aromatic Spice and Medicinal Herb.

Aframomum melegueta Grains of paradise is not Alligator pepper part 2 Posted on February 10, by Ayo. About Ayo Ayodeji is a Plant diversity Msc. This entry was posted meleguetz AfricaAmericas mflegueta, CropsMonocotsPalaeotropicsSpecies and tagged AframomumAframomum meleguetaAfricaAfrican pepperAlligator pepperaromatic plantsculinaryGrains of paradiseGuinea grainshistory of Aframomum meleguetaMalaguetamap location of Aframomum meleguetamedicinal plantsMSc Plant DiversityTropical biodiversitytropical cropTropical Cropszingiberaceae.

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