Cubeb Berry Whole

Cubeb Berry Whole

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Also known as Java Pepper and Tailed Pepper, the dried berries of Piper cubeba resemble black peppercorns in appearance but taste a bit more allspice.

Whole cubeb berries are used to flavor alcoholic beverages and are featured in African and Moroccan cuisines, most notably as an ingredient in savory soups, stews and baked goods.

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Piper cubeba

Cubeb Berry Whole

Cubeb berry, whole

quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound17
active compoundsVolatile oil, cubebin, piperidine, resin, fixed oil
plant part usedfruit

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaSmall reddish-brown berries with a slight peppery scent.


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culinaryIts spicy, peppery flavor makes it a good additive to food.
householdUse to make tinctures and liquid extracts.
aromaticAdd to simmering spice blends and potpourri mixes.
safetyCubeb berry should not be used by those who suffer from inflammation of the digestive tract. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

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[ cardamom tip: Blend cubeb berry with crushed cardamom pods in Indian and Moroccan dishes. ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company ]

Blend with crushed cardamom pods in Indian and Moroccan dishes.

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[ allspice ]
[ allspice tip: Combine cubeb berry with allspice berries to make infused gin or vodka.  ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company ]

Combine with allspice berries to make infused gin or vodka.

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flavor profile

cubeb berry

Peppery and spicy. Blends well with other warm spices and spicy herbs, like thyme and oregano.

formulas & recipes

cubeb berry

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what else you should know

cubeb berry

Cubeb is a small plant in the pepper family that is indigenous to Indonesia. Although the “berries” do resemble peppercorns, they are more like a cross between allspice and nutmeg in flavor. Cubeb berries are, however, used in Moroccan, Indian and African cuisines as black pepper is in the west to season a wide variety of foods.

This little fruit has a long and interesting history of use. The spice was used to flavor meats and sauces in Medieval Europe and to flavor lozenges and cigarettes in the early 1900s. It is still an ingredient in Russian pepper vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin.

In Tibet, where it is known as ka-ko-la, cubeb is featured along with cardamom, nutmeg and cloves, as one of the six supreme ingredients that make up the formula bZang-po dRug. Cubeb, taking its place as the sixth ingredient, is intended to target the spleen.

Cubeb has several literary mentions. It was an ingredient in a special spice mixture intended to assist a merchant and his wife to conceive a child in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Cubeb cigarettes are mentioned in song in one scene of the award-winning musical The Music Man and, according to American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the existence of Tarzan is owing to his penchant for cubeb-flavored cigarettes.

Background: The cubeb plant originally comes from Indonesia. It is now grown in many parts of Asia. It grows well in the shade and is often found near coffee bushes where it can be protected from the sun. 

Description: The cubeb plant is a perennial. It grows tall, up to 20 feet high. The fruit is brown and round and grows from the small flowers of the plant. The leaves are oval shaped and green in color.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
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