Grains of Paradise also known as Melegueta pepper, is an exotic unfamiliar spice to most people. This particular spice is really small, red-brown seeds of a plant similar to cardamom. The seeds have a peppery flavor with overtones of ginger and cardamom. We recommend sprinkling a touch of Grains of Paradise just before serving apple or fruit pie to highlight the delicate floral notes. Always buy Grains of Paradise as whole seeds and grind them as needed to preserve the full spectrum of flavor and aroma. Grains of Paradise is primarily used in West African dishes, and now sometimes added to beer, and is used in wines in Scandinavia to flavor akvavit.