Definition of grains of paradise in US English:

grains of paradise

plural noun

  • The seeds of a West African plant of the ginger family, resembling those of cardamom and used as a spice and in herbal medicine.

    The plant is Aframomum melegueta, family Zingiberaceae

    Also called malaguetta
    • ‘Warm, spicy, a tad bitter, Grains of Paradise have a full, delicious taste and a lovely, citrus aroma.’
    • ‘Grains of Paradise come from West Africa, where they grow on a leafy plant and are easily harvested.’