What are the grains of Selim?
It is the fruit of Xylopia awthiopoca, a magnolia plant belonging to the genus Annonaceae (lat. Annonaceae). It is not related to the pepper plant. But it has served as a pepper substitute since the Middle Ages in Europe.
The Senegal Pepper is a pod fruit and resembles vegetables. Their color is dark brown and they have a length of 1.5 to 6 cm. You can see their seeds standing out through their shell. Depending on the length of the African pepper, they have 1 to 8 seeds with an orange-red to black color.
Where does it grow?
The Senegal pepper grows in several tropical, African countries. Some of these are the following:
- Ivory CoastGhana
How does it taste?
Selim pepper has a sharp, aromatic and slightly bitter taste. Its aroma reminds you of cubeb pepper and nutmeg. The flavor of the Senegal pepper is in its pods and not in their seeds, these are tasteless.
How to use it
Senegal pepper was already used in the Middle Ages as a pepper substitute, it goes well with fish and poultry dishes.
When the pepper is very long, cut it and give it into a pepper mill. Herewith you can season your dishes. It gives flavor to a sauce of bechamel and mashed potatoes. It goes even very well with grilled poultry.
Take your time and get to know the unknown spices. Try them alone. Then grind some of the pepper and taste it. You will see that you will immediately come up with some ideas where you like to add it.
How do I store my spices?
Like all spices, they should be placed in an airtight container and protected from sunlight. It should be stored cool and dry. The best ambient temperature for spices is 15 ° C.