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Alligator Pepper


Very hot and spicy!

Alligator pepper, also known as mbongo spice or hepper pepper, is a spice that is very popular in West Africa, and usually used to replace black peppercorn. With these pungent, peppery seeds, the culinary possibilities are endless. Once crushed, the seeds release a combination of flavour notes - from the initial pungent, peppery flavour to a floral aroma with hints of jasmine, cardamom, and clove. It works amazingly well in a compound butter, spiced baked goods and spiced fruit syrups.


INGREDIENTS: Alligator Pepper


  • Digestive Health: Alligator pepper is believed to aid digestion and alleviate digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and indigestion. It contains compounds that may promote the production of digestive enzymes, facilitating smoother digestion.
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Some studies suggest that alligator pepper possesses anti-inflammatory properties due to its rich content of bioactive compounds like flavonoids and phenolic compounds. These properties may help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially benefiting conditions like arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Antimicrobial Effects: Alligator pepper has been traditionally used in some African cultures for its antimicrobial properties. It contains compounds that exhibit antibacterial and antifungal activities, which may help combat certain pathogens and support overall immune function.
  • Aphrodisiac Properties: In traditional African medicine, alligator pepper is often considered an aphrodisiac and is believed to enhance libido and sexual performance. While scientific evidence is limited, some studies suggest that certain compounds in alligator pepper may have stimulating effects on sexual function.