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African Bird Pepper


90 hu African Bird Pepper is currently out of stock until further notice. 

African Bird Pepper is a variety of Cayenne pepper, used for its large content of capsaicin and for its departure from more ordinary pepper varieties. This unique herb is known for its fiery taste and has been traditionally used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Our premium-grade African Bird Pepper is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Add it to your spice collection today and enhance the flavor of your dishes while also supporting a healthy immune system. African Bird Pepper is also known for its ability to aid in digestion and circulation, it can be used in a variety of dishes, and it is a natural way to add heat to your cooking without artificial ingredients. Also known as "Grains of Selim", "Ethiopian Pepper", "Xylopia aethiopica" or "Uda" in traditional Chinese Medicine, African Bird Pepper is a common ingredient in many traditional Chinese formulas to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve digestion. It is also said to be used as an expectorant and to help relieve cold and flu symptoms. 

High Quality African Bird Pepper: What does it look like? 

High-quality African bird pepper is a dark red or dark brown powder with a strong, pungent aroma. The powder should be fine and smooth, with no clumps or impurities visible. 

How is African Bird Pepper Prepared and Processed? 

Believed to have originated in the Malawi-Mozambique region of Africa, African Bird Pepper is now grown in many countries in Africa, as well as in tropical and subtropical regions around the world.

The optimal growing conditions for African bird pepper include full sun and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. The plants thrive in warm temperatures, with temperatures between 75 and 90 °F (24 and 32 °C) being ideal. They also require consistent moisture and can be irrigated regularly.

The African bird pepper plant is a perennial woody bush that can grow up to 2 meters tall. It has small green leaves and produces small, thin-walled, cone-shaped fruits that change color from green to red when fully ripe. The plant is known for its strong, pungent aroma and its fiery hot taste.

African bird pepper powder is obtained by drying and grounding the berries of the Xylopia aethiopica plant. The powder is then used to treat various ailments such as stomach aches, fever, and as a stimulant.

Popular Recipe for Using Activated Charcoal Powder

African bird pepper is a type of chili pepper that is commonly used in African and West African cuisine.  It is known for its intense heat and is often used to add a spicy kick to dishes.  One of the most popular recipes for African bird pepper powder is West African pepper soup, which is a spicy and flavorful soup made with a variety of meats or fish, vegetables, and a blend of spices that often includes African bird pepper powder. The exact ingredients and preparation method can vary depending on the specific recipe and regional variations. Some popular variations include Nigerian pepper soup, Ghanaian groundnut soup, and Ivorian kedjenou. One recipe is as follows: 


  • 1 lb of meat or fish (such as beef, chicken, or tilapia)
  • 2 cups of diced vegetables (such as carrots, bell peppers, and onions)
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach or other greens
  • 2 tbsp of African bird pepper powder
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of bouillon powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of water
  • Oil for cooking
  • Optional: crayfish, ground peanuts, or other ingredients to taste.


  1. Cut the meat or fish into small pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add oil.
  3. Brown the meat or fish in the pot for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Remove the meat or fish from the pot and set it aside.
  5. In the same pot, add a little more oil and sauté the diced vegetables until they are softened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground ginger, cumin, coriander, bouillon powder, and African bird pepper powder to the pot and stir to combine.
  7. Add the water to the pot and bring it to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and add the meat or fish back to the pot.
  9. Add the chopped spinach or other greens to the pot.
  10. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  11. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. If you are using crayfish, ground peanuts or other ingredients, you can add them at this point.
  13. Serve the soup hot with rice or any other staple.

Note: You can adjust the quantity of African bird pepper powder to your preference.

Safety Precautions for the Use of African Bird Pepper

While it is considered safe when used as a food ingredient, there are some general safety precautions to keep in mind when using African bird pepper:

  • Keep African bird pepper away from children and pets, as it can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.
  • Wear gloves and avoid contact with eyes, skin, and mucous membranes when handling African bird pepper, as it can cause irritation and burning sensations.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dosage on the product label.
  • Consult a healthcare professional before using African bird pepper if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
  • African bird pepper may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners and blood pressure medication, so consult with a healthcare professional before using if you are on any medications.
  • African bird pepper should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care. If you experience any adverse reactions, seek immediate medical attention.

It is also important to note that African bird pepper is not approved by FDA as a food ingredient, so it can be hard to find it in the markets. As well, it is important to note that this is a general guideline and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or herbalist to determine the right dosage and usage for you. 

We are proud to offer African Bird's Eye Chili Powder at a 150 Scoville heat unit strength in addition to the 90m hu. Please exercise caution when handling this product as it is very hot. Thoroughly wash hands after handling.

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