Grains of Paradise spiceA herbaceous plant that belongs to the same family with ginger and native of western tropical Africa yields the spice known as grains of paradise (Amomum melegueta). The plant attains a height of 5 or 6 feet and bears leafy stems and spikes of showy flowers on trailing shoots which rise from the rootstocks.
The seeds are used as a substitute for pepper. The product is also employed in veterinary medicine and for flavoring wine, vinegar, and cordials. Grains of paradise come upon the market chiefly from the Gold Coast.