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grains of paradise - anyone use them?

i've been hearing a lot about grains of paradise lately - in amanda hesser's cooking for mr. latte and in alton brown's episode about okra.

i went to my local fancy market - they sell them - but almost $10 seems a little pricey for something i've only read about or seen on TV.

any tips? food pairings? ideas? throw 'em my way....

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  1. I've used them in combo with my regular peppercorns (in a separate grinder) for a slightly lighter, more herbal accent. I like it on a good steamed/sauteed white fish and on veggies, asparagus, broccoli rabe, anywhere the vegetable flavor is already assertive enough.

    1. in restaurants where i've worked, the chefs use them as a final garnish. they look pretty, and have a nice shape and texture in the mouth. you use less this way too.

      1. Love the grains of paradise!! Along with cardamom, one of my favorite kitchen scents!

        Much like Irostron, above, I use them to finish dishes, especially fish and vegetables, on salads, etc. A pinch of maldon and a grind of paradise and everything's groovy in my world.

        1. so - would you get a separate grinder for them?

          or just use them as they are?

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          1. re: alexia

            Yes, I picked up a second grinder, just for the grains of paradise.

          2. I use grains of paradise almost as often as I do peppercorns; I have a separate grinder for them.