Grains of Paradise

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The kitchen spice referred to as 'Grains of Paradise' are seeds from the plant Aframomum melegueta, a member of the ginger family. Like black pepper, this plant is a rich source of beta-caryophyllene, a terpene that stimulates the CB2 receptor. In the mouth, Grains of Paradise are very much like black pepper, with a pungent, spicy kick. This spice also has floral notes - the standard description is of citrus or coriander. I find the aroma of the ground spice to be reminiscent of lavender.

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