- What is it?
The Alligator Pepper is important to West Africa and its history. A region of Liberia is even nicknamed The Pepper Coast because it is known for its alligator pepper production. Actually, the peppers became prized mostly for their seeds, which are known as grains of paradise. The seeds’ taste is described as pungent and peppery, similar to black pepper. In fact, as early as the 1300s, Europeans were already importing alligator pepper seeds to use in their cuisine. The French used the black pepper substitute in winemaking, and Spanish and Portuguese used them for spice. British also used the peppers in sausage and beer.
- How should I use it?
In modern times, the alligator pepper, also called Hepper pepper in Ghana, continue to be used culinarily. The seeds are used whole or ground to add a black peppery flavor to soups, stews, meat dishes, rice, or even pastries since it can also substitute for cardamom. Alligator pepper and its seeds are easier to digest than black pepper, which makes it a healthier alternative. It can actually reduce digestive discomforts rather than cause them which black pepper may do in some people. The whole pepper can be snacked on as well.
- Facts and info
In West Africa, alligator peppers have been so important as a cash crop, spice, and medicine that they are even part of ceremonies. In southern Nigeria, the peppers are often present alongside kola nuts in events such as baby naming ceremonies or special presentations for important guests. The pepper plants grow in swampy areas and get their name from the peppers’ appearance which is bumpy like an alligator’s back.
- Why buy from Goldleaf?
Goldleaf Hydroponics works with a small farm in Ghana, West Africa, to bring the freshest, most diverse natural products to the United States and worldwide, including our Ghana Alligator Peppers, also called Hepper Pepper. Our small family business has a close relationship with the farmer and crew of 10 whose passion is for growing and farming in a way that is harmonious with nature. If you have any questions about our products or farming practices, please ask and we will be happy to chat by phone or email.
Free shipping and discreet packaging are included with all African goods. We ship most of these items via USPS and in vacuum sealed bags. All orders are fulfilled from our Bloomington, Indiana, retail store, and usually delivered within 2-3 days. Enjoy easy payment online via credit card or PayPal with the confidence of an American business. Call us for payment by check or cryptocurrency.
Goldleaf offers retail and wholesale pricing for bulk African orders. Please contact us at 1-812-500-0423 or email@example.com with any special requests or for bulk pricing by the kilogram.
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