When a baby is born in Africa, more specifically the Yoruba culture, a small amount of the pepper is given to them to taste, this is done minutes after they are born. It is said to be a welcoming process for the baby. It is also used as a traditional wedding gift in the same Yoruba culture where it is a very important spice.
The alligator pepper is served with kola nut to guest which can be chewed together. Because of the hot spicy taste, it
enhances or reduces the bitter taste from the kola nut.