Alligator pepper, also known as Grains of Paradise is a West African spice that is characterised by its hot, pungent and spicy flavour.which is reminiscent of a fruity cardamon pod. Alligator pepper is part of the ginger family, and is also known as grains of paradise, hepper pepper or mbongo spice.
Alligator pepper also has its' uses culturally across Africa - The Yorubas of Nigeria routinely use alligator pepper during baby naming ceremonies and other traditional festivities.
If there is one thing that's special about the alligator pepper, it has to be its' flavour! Alligator pepper has a flavour that's hot, pungent and spicy, reminiscent of a fruity cardamom. Alligator pepper is commonly used in West Africa to flavour soups, vegetables and stews, but it is versatile enough to be used to flavour lamb, chicken and beef dishes. Grilled steaks with a hint of alligator pepper are a match made in heaven. But don't just take my word for it - grab a jar of this little known spice!