Latin Name: Piper cubeba
Plant Family: Piperaceae
Other Names: Tailed Pepper, Java Pepper, Jawanese Pepper, Cabé Jawa, Bi Ji, Kubebenpfeffer, Cubèbe, Poivre à Queue, Koubeba, Kubéba Bors, Prik Hang, Kubebapeppar & Kabab chini.
Description: Cubebs are the fruits (drupes) of a perennial shrubby vine native to Indonesia, now found growing all over tropical Asia, which grows up to 6 metres high. The leaves are petiolate and oblong-ovate in shape, glossy dark green in colour with lighter green veins and midrib and are 2.5-5cm in length. The inflorescences grow in clustered upright spikes of yellowish-green flowers which spiral around the inflorescence. The flowers give way to berries which look similar to black pepper but are stalked, green in colour ripening to dark brown and are approximately 4mm in diameter.
Cubebs are a popular ingredient in Indonesian cuisine; they are added to curries and stews. They can be used is the same way as you would peppercorns or allspice berries, try adding them to a peppermill along with some black peppercorns and coriander seeds. They can be finely ground and added to sugar cookies to give them a peppery spiced flavour. Use them to flavour pates, burgers, sausages, soups, marinades and sauces.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.