Profile: Cubeb pepper lost the pepper war to black pepper due to vicious disputes, economics, and trade rules. The cubeb pepper, also known as Java pepper and tailed pepper, is a little-known spice that's slowly being rediscovered by spice connoisseurs. It's native to Java, and the berry's pericarp taper off into a stubby tail.
According to legend, the king of Portugal restricted the import of cubeb berries from Java to promote trade with India and Europe. (Because the spice was local to Java, it held a monopoly. Spice sellers sterilized seeds to prevent foreign growth. This fable originated in John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum. Uncertain. It may explain why cubeb pepper was replaced by black pepper in the 16th century.
Cubeb has a spicy, bitter, pungent flavor with hints of allspice and nutmeg. It's utilized in Iraqi, Moroccan, Australian, Middle Eastern, and Indonesian cuisines. Java black pepper is rare in Europe and the Americas. Cigarettes and gin use it significantly. Cubeb pepper is the underground peppercorn of hipster chefs and home cooks.
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|Ways To Use:||Cubeb pepper is an Indonesian spice. This tailed pepper can replace Allspice or flavor meat or vegetables.|
|Basic Prep:||Ready to use as is but can also be ground fresh or crushed.|
|Shelf Life:||2 Years.|
|Taste & Aroma:||Bitter or Astringent, Hot|
|Dietary Preferences:||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Handling / Storage:||Store in a airtight Food Storage Containers, cool, dry place.|
|Allergen Information:||None Specified.|