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www.JeanneRose.net/courses.html ~ GRAINS OF PARADISE TINCTURE...These are 2 bottles of tincture of Grains of Paradise. It smells so good, and tastes peppery and floral. I can use it in drinks or perfumery. The herb, Aframomum melegueta is commonly employed in the cuisines of West and North Africa, where it has been traditionally imported via caravan routes through the Sahara desert, and whence they were distributed to Sicily and the rest of Italy. Mentioned by Pliny as "Afric...an pepper" but subsequently forgotten in Europe, they were renamed "grains of paradise" and became a popular substitute for black pepper in Europe in the 14th- and 15th-centuries.
The Ménagier de Paris recommends it for improving wine that "smells stale". Through the Middle Ages and into the Early Modern period, the theory of the Four Humours governed theorizing about nourishment on the part of doctors, herbalists and druggists: in this context, John Russell characterized Grains of Paradise, in The Boke of Nurture as hot and moist. .. Take my home course, take my seminar and learn something useful every day.