Aframomum korarima (C.Pereira) Engl.
Aframomum usambarense Lock
Amomum corrorima A.Braun
Amomum korarima C.Pereira
Common Name: Korarima
Korarima is an aromatic, herbaceous, perennial plant producing leafy stems 1 - 2 metres tall from a rhizomatous rootstock[
The seeds are commonly gathered from the wild for use as a spice and medicine. Virtually unknown as a food crop outside of northeast Africa, the plant is cultivated for use as a spice in Ethiopia and Eritrea[
]. It is very commonly sold in local markets and is sometimes exported, mainly to ethnic communities[
East tropical Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania.
Slightly shaded, more or less open sites in higher altitude rain forest at elevations from 1,350 - 2,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 2,000 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 16 - 24°c, but can tolerate 7 - 35°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,400 - 2,000mm, but tolerates 1,200 - 3,000mm[
Prefers some shade, but can succeed in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in a fertile, humus-rich, light to medium soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6.5, tolerating 4.5 - 7.5[
The plant requires 3 years to first harvest and then has 7 years of economic life[
The fruits are mature about 2 - 3 months after flowering[
Seeds - used as a spice[
]. A mild, sweet flavour, it is less peppery or pungent than seed of 'Grain of Paradise' (Aframomum melegueta)[
]. The seeds (usually dried, but sometimes fresh), are ground into a powder and usually mixed with other spices then used to flavour all kinds of sauces[
]. They are also used to flavour coffee, tea, bread and butter[
The fleshy fruit around the seed is edible[
]. The bright red, subconical berry is up to 6cm long by 3.5 cm wide[
The seeds are carminative, purgative and tonic[
Strings of the fruits are sometimes used as an ornament, or as rosaries[
About 3 - 3.5% of a pale yellow essential oil can be obtained by distillation of the dried powdered fruits[
Division of rhizomes.
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