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May 11, 2013

The Pantry Quiz #34

Alligator pepper!

What is it?

This pantry ingredient is also known as alligator pepper. What is it?

__________

Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: False. Quinoa is in the same plant family as beets.]

You can find most answers to The Pantry Quiz by using the search box at right, at the top of the page, to hunt for clues. Come back next Saturday for the answer to today's quiz question.

Comments

Used mostly in African cooking, it is also known as "grains of paradise" or melegueta pepper.

Malagueta is Spanish for allspice, which is what I thought this was.

I had no idea but I want some now!

Related to the ginger plant and tastes somewhat like "real" pepper. In a similar vein, papaya seeds can be dried and ground and provide a pepper taste. In Hawaii they are an ingredient in salad dressings.

I was going to guess Szechuan Peppercorns until I saw Lora's answer! Never tried this, fun!

Grains of paradise. The only reason I know is because I looked it up on your blog! I don't have any in my pantry - but I do remember when you wrote that post, because I loved the idea that you looked it up on your phone, right then and there.

Grains of paradise, yes, but I took my jars of them and the Sz peppercorns out to look closely. I got them after reading your post, but haven't gotten the hang of them yet. I have an empty grinder waiting for me to decide if that's what they need, set coarse.

I love coming to the quiz days later with the answers right there! I had no clue, and appreciate the instant gratification--thanks, Lora!

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