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Alligator Pepper:

 

Even in West Africa where alligator pepper is grown, it is an expensive spice and is used carefully. Often a single whole pod is pounded in a pestle and mortar before half of it is added (along with black pepper) as a flavoring to West African 'soups' or to boiled rice. The spice can also be substituted in any recipe using grains of paradise or black cardamom to provide a hotter and more pungent flavor.

 

When a baby is born in Yoruba culture, they are given a small taste of alligator pepper shortly after birth as part of the routine baby welcoming process and it is also used as an ingredient at traditional meetings.

 

Random Facts:

- The name “Alligator Spice” came when the British said it resembled an alligators back.

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