Seeds are about the size of cardamom seeds and the flavor is spicy, warm and slightly bitter. Grains of paradise are used to flavor food and in some regions they are chewed to "warm" the body. To use Crush some with garlic and vinegar, and then rub over chicken, pork or lamb before roasting. Can be used as a substitute for pepper.
Other less common names for this spice include: Ginny Grains, Ginny Papper, Graines, Greater Cardamom, Grenes, Guinea Grains, Guinea Seeds