Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise can be used as a substitute for black pepper for people who are looking for a more unique flavor. It is in the ginger family, related to cardamom, and indigenous to the west coast of Africa. Grains of Paradise have a peppery flavor (though not as peppery as black pepper) combined with a fruity, clove, cardamom like taste. It goes well with fish, lamb, chicken, squash, and in stews and soups.