- What is it?
Grains of Selim, also known as Hwentia or Hwentea, actually come from a shrubby tree common all over Sub-Saharan Africa. They are the fruit pods from Xylopia aethiopica. Dried out, these fruit pods are used both as a spice in food and as herbal medicine. In West Africa, the seeds are often smoked and then sold whole or ground.
- How should I use it?
As for cuisine, grains of selim are a useful spice. They can serve as a substitute for black pepper but also carry notes of black pepper and lemongrass. Favorites include using the whole smoked pods as a spice rub for seafood or other meats. It can be added to teas to create chai-reminiscent blends. In Senegal, Grains of Selim are even added to coffee to make their specialty, café Touba, which has been exported and become popular in France.
Grains of Selim also carry many medicinal properties. First, the plant is naturally insecticidal. For this reason, wood from the plant has long been used for building since termites and other pests do not like it. The ground seeds have been used to reduce effects of asthma, inflammation, and even cancers. They also have hypotensive and coronary vasodilatory effects. Grains of Selim are truly a super spice. Take advantage of their availability through our partner farm in Ghana and add them to your life now!
- 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 Grains of Selim. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any special requests or for bulk pricing by the kilogram.
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