Where does Cubeb Pepper come from?
Cubeb pepper comes from Indonesia. In addition, the Piper Cubeba belongs to the family of pepper plants. Due to its appearance, it has a small stem, it is also called tailed pepper or stalk pepper. The pepperplant is a tropical vine that bears white flowers with small green fruits - berries, the Piper cubeba. These berries are harvested green just like black pepper and dried under the sun, whereby their shell turns black.
Cubeb pepper is, by the way, experiencing a renaissance today. Although it is cultivated since the 16th century in Java and for some 200 years a well-known substitute for black pepper in Europe. Nowadays not everybody knows of its existence. Thanks to our celebrity chefs who cook with it in their restaurants and on Tv. People get aware of this rare pepper and its demand is steadily rising even he is still rare.
Cubeb pepper is spicy, bitter, slightly lemon-tasting, with a warm-camphor-like aroma. Its flavor is a combination of pepper, allspice, and nutmeg. It is preferably combined with other pepper varieties and can thus bring its benefits to a dish. In combination, it flavors marinades, broths, and even soups. It is best to add the tailed pepper at the end of the cooking process. Thus the temperature has to be under the boiling point. This way you get the best out of the pepper, it gives off its wonderful lemon flavor and does not get bitter.
Cubeb pepper can also be added to other pepper varieties in a peppermill and then spice up your food at the table. In this form, the piper cubeba is not only giving the food its sparkling sharpness but also the invigorating, camphor-like, lemon-tasting freshness. Especially during the barbeque season while grilled salmon or steak a wonderful flavor to add.
Why not spice up your herb butter with Piper Cubeba?
In the beginning, due to its dominance, I recommend to get to know the Cubeb pepper first and use it sparingly. Therefore, combine it with other spices. Its flavor is special, and using it needs some practice.
Cubeb pepper is a typical spice in Indonesian, Asian, and North African cuisine. It is a part of oriental spice blends like ras el hanout. Likewise, it fits curry with lamb, poultry, and even beef. It also spices seafood and crustaceans with its unmistakable aroma.
Piper cubeba goes well with cardamom, turmeric, laurel, thyme, cinnamon, sage, black peppercorns, curry leaves.