Roça São João dos Angolares, São Tomé Naturmort, red: "grains of paradise" or "Guinea pepper" (Aframomum melegueta). This is a west- and equatorial-African ground fruit that is part of the ginger family. It tastes like a peppery kumquat. The Roça showcases local produce for sale to visitors.
Also known as Guinea Pepper. A spice and fruit native to West Africa. The dried seeds are a popular spice locally and were once extensively exported as African Pepper. This ginger from Uganda also has edible fruits borne in clusters at the base of the plant that are harvested for their tangy, sweetish, juicy pulp. The seeds are used as a piquant spice. Can be grown outside in tropical climates, or inside in tubs in warm greenhouses.
"The snow was secured without delay... laden with elephants' teeth, gold-dust, grains of Paradise, hides and skins." -- The Mauritius Command, Chapter 2 // The only item on that list requiring illustration are the Grains of Paradise, Aframomum melegueta. The seeds of this plant from the ginger family, when ground, give a peppery flavor with a hint of citrus. It was a popular substitute for black pepper in Europe starting in the 14th century.
Aframomum melegueta (Grains of Paradise) ~ used for divination and ordeals determining guilt. also has a warming effect and grounding effect and is good for digestive system and cardiovascular problems. related to Ginger