A member of the ginger family, Alligator Pepper is often referred to as “the grains of paradise.” A West African spice, it is commonly used in Africa not only in food preparation but also in cultural practices, such as medicine and as an accompaniment to the Kola Nut.
Alligator Pepper Health Benefits
Alligator Pepper seeds have been used for years for its medicinal benefits. They are an excellent source of phytonutrients such as terpenoids, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, cardiac glycosides, saponin and phenolic compound. These phytonutrients scavenge your body for toxins and offer protections against viruses, allergens, microbes, platelet aggregation, tumors, ulcers and hepatotoxins (chemical liver damage) in the body.
Furthermore, the Alligator Pepper plant has both medicinal and nutritive values and the extracts of its seeds has been used as an antidote to dysentery and other gastrointestinal diseases.Studies have also shown that Alligator Pepper is great for increasing breast milk production in nursing mothers.
Alligator Pepper is a rich source of:
● Vitamin C
● Vitamin K
● Dietary fiber
Alligator Pepper Uses
● Healthy Snack: A common healthy snack, Alligator Pepper is often served alongside kola nuts and peanut butter.
● Cooking: Alligator Pepper is the perfect addition to your salad and can be used to prepare many savory dishes, such as pepper soup and stews.
● A Healthy Substitute : When cooking, Alligator Pepper is a healthy alternative to traditional black pepper or black cardamom. The seeds are usually ground before
adding to dishes as they tend to be a little bit hard.