Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?

Alan Hagan
3 years ago

In researching the edible species of the greater ginger family I have come across frequent mention of "Grains of Paradise" (Aframomum melegueta) which has been used in brewing and was once popular as a black pepper substitute.

Has anyone grown this particular species? Especially if you are within the U.S. do you know where to buy live plants or rhizomes? Anyone get it to blossom and set fruit?

The seeds seem to be easily available, but I've read the viability is fairly short so I suspect I would have to plant a lot of them to get plants. If possible I'd rather buy rhizomes or started plants, but haven't had any luck fining anyone selling them.

Comment (1)

  • Charles Garner
    last year

    Alan - Any luck with your search? I also am looking into this.