Cubeb, or tailed pepper is a plant in genus Piper, cultivated for its fruit and essential oil. It is mostly grown in Java and Sumatra, hence sometimes called Java pepper. The fruits are gathered before they are ripe, and carefully dried Commercial cubebs consist of the dried berries, similar in appearance to black pepper, but with stalks attached , the "tails" in "tailed pepper". The dried pericarp is wrinkled, and its color ranges from grayish brown to black. The seed is hard, white and oily. The odor of cubebs is described as agreeable and aromatic and the taste as pungent, acrid, slightly bitter and persistent. It has been described as tasting like allspice, or like a cross between allspice and black pepper.
Common name(s): Piper cubeba
Flower colours: dark gray to black.
Bloom time: rarely and only for a short time.
Max reachable height: 18 to 20 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
Most outdoor varieties can endure temperatures as low as 50*F (10*C) without any problem. That being said, fifty degrees is still not an ideal temperature because it tends to slow down tissue growth and photosynthesis later in the day
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temperature: 70 and 75F (21-23C)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Cubeba
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Typical uses of Cubeba
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Culinary use: leave
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Tibetan Medicine for treating problems