grains of paradise
- The seeds of a plant (Aframomum melegueta) in the ginger family native to West Africa used as a spice.
1994, Anthea Bell, A History of Food, Wiley-Blackwell, translation of original by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, ISBN 0631194975, pages 495:
- "In fact this spice was making a second appearance in Europe: it was Guinea pepper, mentioned by Pliny as 'African pepper', and also known as Malaguetta pepper or grains of Paradise. Grains of Paradise had been very popular in the thirteenth century and again in the sixteenth; its popularity may have been due to the brilliant name thought up for it by some advertising genius born before his time."
2006, Susheela Raghavan, Handbook of Spices, Seasonings, and Flavorings, 2nd Edition edition, CRC Press, ISBN 084932842X, pages 119:
- "Also called Melegueta or Malagueta pepper, guinea grain, or guinea pepper, grains of paradise were prized as a spice and as a substitute for black pepper in Europe during the Middle Ages."