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Title: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: A.T. Hagan on October 27, 2017, 01:46:49 PM
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.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: cmichael258 on November 05, 2017, 11:39:26 AM
Forum member Adam (Flying Fox) used to have some plants if you
want to check with him.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: A.T. Hagan on November 05, 2017, 09:10:36 PM
Thanks. I will ask.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: Bush2Beach on November 18, 2017, 08:36:16 PM
i have an Aframomum plant that ive divided the rhizomes of for the past 3-4 years . They smell great when cut. i have it growing in pots and in the ground but no luck on seed pods yet.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: Chupa King on November 19, 2017, 02:27:44 PM
I believe mine is densely shaded out. Planted my original under a mature Ulu. Took several cutting and planted them into the full sun. Only time will tell now.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: junglevulture on November 19, 2017, 05:13:29 PM
Chupa King - Being that I'm also located in Puna, if you decide you'd sell a small rhizome of your plant(s) let me know. Could pick up locally. I, too, am very interested in these. It seems my love for (and reasons to love) the Zingiberales only grows as time passes, and this is another member whom I'd love to have a presence in my garden.

Do they go dormant in Winter like other deciduous members of their family?
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: Chupa King on December 09, 2017, 12:49:13 PM
Sure. I also give farm tours in exchange for people buying from our nursery.

I havnt noticed it die back yet. Just keeps pushing runners. The most recent one I planted hasnt pushed new growth yet.


We do have fire ants... But a cutting will be clean. Let me know when you are willing to visit. I will be home all day today.
Title: Re: Anyone growing Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)?
Post by: sahai1 on December 10, 2017, 04:25:15 AM
edit.. thinking of a different plant.