Paradise Seeds Aframomum melegueta
Also called "grains of paradise," "Guinea grains" and "Melegueta pepper," these small seeds look like cardamom but have a character all of their own. The spice is native to West Africa and during medieval times was used to flavour food. It has also been used as a pepper substitute. While it does have a peppery "zing" it also has notes of citrus and an "earthy" pine aroma.