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Selim pepper, also known as selim kani or kani pepper. It is the dried fruit of a tree that is related to the custard apple. It is therefore not "real pepper." The taste is described as a marriage between a cubeb pepper and nutmeg.

This (pseudo) pepper from Senegal is a member of the sack family (Annonaceae), just like the garlic nut from our range. Selim pepper was also in Europe, due to the large-scale import of black pepper in the 16th century, a common pepper known as Negro pepper or Moorish pepper.

The tree on which the pepper grows is the Xylopia, a tropical tree that easily grows up to 20 meters. Xylopia means "bitter wood", a bitterness that ensures that the wood of the tree is termite-free and can be used as construction wood. You can also taste this bitterness in the peppers, albeit to a modest extent.

Selimpeper grows wild in the rainforest and is not fertilized or watered. Harvesting is done twice a year. Immediately after harvesting, the still-ripe fruits with stalk are laid to dry in the sun. Only after drying is the stem of the dark-brown fruit removed. Each fruit contains five to eight seeds, which look a bit like (small) kidney beans.

Selim pepper, also known as Guinea pepper, has many, many names on the African continent, including uda hwentia or kimba pepper. In African and especially Nigerian cuisine, not only the seed but also the whole dried fruit is used. This is tied together with other herbs in a "bouquet garni" that is used in stews. The capsule has aromas of rosewood, lavender and coriander.

Smell and taste

The seeds contain essential oils that provide the aromas of eucalyptus and nutmeg, which are released as soon as the seeds are ground. They have a slightly bitter taste as mentioned. Selimpeper is (very) rich in vitamin A.

  • sabines, responsible for the woody, camphor-like taste of, among other things, black pepper and nutmeg
  • α and β-pinene, woody pine scent, as in cumin, pine (pine cone), juniper and hemp,
  • β-phellandrenene, mint, turpentine,
  • 1,8-cineol, eucalyptol, the refreshing taste of mint
  • terpine-4-ol, woody and peppery aroma
  • geranyl acetate, responsible for the rose, lavender scent.


The pod-shaped fruit is very fibrous and is therefore not eaten itself. To 'free' the seeds and therefore use only the least bitter part of the selimpeper, hold the fruit as a whole briefly over an open fire (flame). Let it cool down. Press or toddler the seeds out of the hairstyle, and then grind them.

Selim is used in (African) stew dishes and in roasted form for the preparation of Touba coffee.


  • 100% berries of the Xylopia ethiopica
  • origin: Senegal
  • harvest 2019


  • Available in standing bag and glass 
  • standing bags contain 30, 45, 60, 250 and 500 grams
  • glass jar contains 30 grams

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • separate the seeds and the 'pods', and bind the latter together for easy removal at the end of a preparation
  • keep it in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • December 2024

Botanical name
Aframomum Aframomum meleguetta
No additions 100% dried fruit
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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Selim (kani pepper)

  • €4.00

  • Ex Tax: €3.67

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