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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This plant is Aframomum citratuma close relative of grains of paradise. In powdered form, they become pale gray.

A good photo of the seeds is shown by Norman.

Phytochemistry, 14 meleguetw, Other work reports 6 -paradole, 6 -shoagole and 6 -gingerole 5-hydroxy- 6 -paradole are reported as the main hydroxyarylalkanones.

On storage, gingerols can interconvert to shoagols, which means a loss of pungency see also ginger. Most imports stem from Ghana. 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.

This name also melefueta the medieval conception of an earthly paradise full of the scent of spices. Many contemporary languages have loan translations of that name, e.

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

Most languages have names like pepper of Guinea referring to the biting taste and the region of origin in West Africa. In some languages, the the botanical epithet applies not to pepper but to spices botanically related to grains of paradise: Although the etymology is not clear, meleguetx appears that the name was originally not an epithet for pepper, but an independent name.


Some languages still use it as such, e.

The medieval Spanish and Portuguese form of that word was malagueta ; a theory links it to malaguaa meelgueta less-common term for jellyfish or medusa literally bad waterbecause jellyfish-infested waters are no good for bathing. The reference would, then, be the pungent, biting flavour of the spice.

According to another theory, the base word is an Iberic cognate to Italian meligo sorghum, milletalthough the diminutive appears less plausible. Also, borrowing from an African tongue has been suggested.

Aframomum melegueta – Useful Tropical Plants

In Brazil, which was a Portuguese colony, the name melegueta was transferred to a local wild type of chile. About the element amomum in the genus name see cardamom.

Selected Links The Epicentre: Melegueta Pepper Francesco Sirene: Grains of Paradise World Merchants: Grains of Paradise Sorting Aframomum names www. Grains of Paradise Olivers and Co: In these times, grains of paradise were a common substitute for black pepper.

The Afrmaomum African coast got its name pepper coast because the grains of paradise were traded there. Later, in the Renaissance, when pepper hat outrun them as the favourite kitchen spice, grains of paradise were common as beer flavouring see gale. Since then, the importance of this spice has vanished to quite zero in our days; outside its production area Central Africa mflegueta, it is only known in Northern Africa and may appear in Moroccan spice mixtures see cubeb pepper.


Aframomum melegueta

See also negro pepper for a comparison of several pungent spices. Grain of paradise flower perso. Combining peppery pungency and rich aroma, this mixture is a good example of Arab cooking tradition. In the West, grains of paradise are now hard to obtain, but still valuable for people following old recipes e. But this pungent grain is a worthy addition to many other everyday dishes.

Their hotness is not as strong as in pepper, but more subtle and goes well with vegetables potatoes, aubergines, pumpkin. To obtain best results, grains of paradise must be ground before use and should be added shortly before serving. Despite their rather pungent taste meleyueta tried alone, they must be used liberally to obtain satisfactory results. This site works better with JavaScript enabled!

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