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Cubeb Products

Cubeb Products

Cubeb Pepper is native to Indonesia, where it is most commonly grown in Java and Sumatra, hence it is sometimes known as Java Pepper. It was brought to Europe via India through trade with the Arabs, where it reached Africa, and is now often used in Moroccan & North African cuisines. Historically, Javanese growers protected their monopoly of the trade by sterilising the berries by scalding, ensuring that the vines were unable to be cultivated elsewhere. It was a valuable spice in Europe in the Middle Ages until the King of Portugal banned its importation to promote the use of black pepper around 1640. Cubeb was thought to ward off demons by the people of Europe and also by the people of China and thus has historically been used in incense blends. It has a pleasant aromatic odour, with a spicy peppery flavour, often compared to allspice. There is a slight bitterness which is softened with cooking. It remains a staple in Indonesian cooking and is also popular in Ayurvedic cuisine.

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Latin Name: Piper cubeba L. f.

  • Warm, spicy. peppery flavour with a touch of allspice and nutmeg and hints of eucalyptus
  • Long history of traditional use in Southeast Asian and North African culture 
  • Popular in Ayurvedic cuisine
  • Re-sealable airtight foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients – nothing else added
Quality Assured Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
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Whole Cubeb Peppers from Indigo Herbs are exceptionally high quality whole dried berries from the Piper Cubeba plant native to Indonesia. The plant is sometimes referred to as 'Tailed Pepper' because of the little stalk that remains attached to the berry. The dried, wrinkled cubeb berries are similar in appearance to peppercorns though greyish-brown in colour. Cubeb pepper is often used in Moroccan & North African foods appearing as a key ingredient in spice blends such as Ras-el-Hanout, as well as in many recipes for Indonesian gulés (curries).

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality, manufacture and suggested use of this herb. We are unable to advise you here on the benefits of our herbal products, however we do recommend you take the opportunity to research the many benefits of this herb. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals. Please consult a Herbalist to find out how this product can benefit you.

Also known as: Tailed Pepper, Java Pepper, Kababa, Quibibes, Kabab Chini

Our Wholefoods are 100% pure and unprocessed with nothing added. They are simple and easy to integrate into your daily diet. Seeds can be roasted or soaked and sprouted. Nuts can be made into nut milk, nut butter or snacked upon. Fruits can flavour a cake, bread or biscuits, or make a great topping to breakfast cereal.

Nuts, seeds and dried fruit all make great ingredients for a superfood snack trail mix, and can supply essential daily nutrients whilst being delicious and satisfying. For full instructions go to our How to use Wholefoods page.

This pepper goes particularly well in Moroccan & North African foods, or give it a try for something a little different in any dish where you would ordinarily use regular black pepper. Cubeb pepper is often used as a key ingredient in spice blends such as Ras-el-Hanout, as well as appearing in many recipes for Indonesian gulés (curries). Although the sweet-smelling spice has distinctively bitter flavours, it looses its edge when cooked, and can even be used in Middle Eastern pastries, alongside honey and dates. The Whole Cubeb Pepper should be ground or milled before use in cooking.

  • Produced to GMP standards.
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Indigo Herbs Whole Cubeb Peppers are harvested from the highest quality Indonesian Cubeb Pepper plants. The fruits are gathered between July and August. After the berries are meticulously cleaned and checked for contaminants, they are placed in dehydrators and slow dried keeping all the nutritional content absolutely intact. This process complies with GMP standards and is quality assured by Indigo Herbs.

100% Dried Whole Cubeb Peppers

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