Didim - peace seed (pods)
Didim - peace seed (pods)
Didim or djinndim is an 8-10 cm long cardamom-like fruit box. This cardamom grows in Cameroon, in the Karup National Park in the humid area of the Kemo Falls. The 'pods' contain irregularly shaped seeds with a remarkable citrus flavour, that of mandarin.
The didim is closely related to paradise grain and mbongô, both of which we supply. For the time being, we offer didim in the form of fruit box - i.e. to peel it yourself, a guarantee of freshness, and fun to do. The pod is leathery, and unlike the pod of mbongô, it is not so easy to open. The mbongô pod is parchment-like, and you can peel it without using any tools. With the didim it is useful to make a notch with a sharp knife. As with any cardamom, peel the fruit just before use.
Didim is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), and is also known by names such as African jujube, peace seed or in French 'graines de la paix '. It has been an important fruit in the Bamikele culture for centuries. The Bamikele live mainly in western Cameroon, at some distance from Penja (known for the penja pepper). The Bamikele are said to have migrated west from Egypt for religious reasons, settling in the Tikar region, later spreading over large parts of western Cameroon.
In the annual Ndop ritual, the didim is indispensable as a symbol of reconciliation. That is where the commonly used name 'peace seed' comes from, although 'graines de bénédiction' would be more appropriate.
The plant - also referred to as the Aframomum camerounais - grows like all gingers in a warm, humid environment and likes some shade. The rhizome (rhizome) grows just below the ground. The plant grows to about 2 meters high and has elongated and pointed leaves, like bamboo. Trumpet-like flowers form close to the ground, appearing to emerge directly from the ground, but standing on peduncles. They are 15 cm long and light purple and soon fall off to make way for large reddish-brown pods (10 cm). These contain red-brown seeds in a jelly-like liquid.
Scent and taste
Didim is a spice that smells of forest and wet wood. At first it tastes mainly woody - to be associated with liquorice - afterwards a pleasant citrus note emerges, of mandarin.
After opening the seed pod, the grains are released from their parchment casing. This is most convenient when you rub the seeds back and forth under the open hand on an unvarnished wooden cutting or chopping board. The seeds are eaten 'out of hand', ground or crushed.
Didim is delicious with lamb dishes, zucchini, potatoes and aubergine.
- 100% fruits of the Aframomum camerounais (unpeeled)
- origin: Western Cameroon
- only available in stand-up pouch
- stand up pouches contain 45, 60, 150 and 300 grams respectively
- larger quantities on request
- grind didim at the last minute to make the most of the scent
- keep the pods in a dark, dry and cool place
- the best before date is an indication