Grains of Paradise
This intriguing spice, often described as a vibrant blend of ginger, cardamom, and pepper, seems to be just as valuable in the medicine cabinet as it is in the spice rack. An outstanding substitute for cardamom and black pepper, be sure to include a bowl of olive oil seasoned with grains of Paradise and perhaps a little garlic and fresh thyme. Include GOP in curried dishes of Northern African and Middle Eastern influence and add it to zesty paella & cassoulets.
ORIGIN: West Africa