A close relative of black pepper, the cubeb pepper berry is the dried, unripe fruit of the Piper cubeba plant, which is native to Java and other Indonesian islands. Often described as a cross between allspice and pepper, cubeb pepper berries have a rich, distinctive taste that is well-suited to exotic Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. They also boast a vast array of rare functional molecules that are not found in most other foods or spices. It comes as no surprise then that cubeb pepper berries have a long history of use as an herbal remedy in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Health Ranger Select Cubeb Pepper Berries are naturally rich in hinokinin, a component of spice ingredients traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to support optimal immune health. Our premium cubeb pepper berries are non-GMO, vegan and certified Kosher. They have not been irradiated and they contain no solvents, carriers or artificial preservatives. You can trust that our cubeb pepper berries have undergone thorough lab testing for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.
NOTE: Use sparingly, as the flavor profile of our cubeb pepper berries is incredibly potent.
Cubeb pepper berries are packed with immune-supporting compounds**
The cubeb pepper berry is the pepper of choice in Indonesia and Malaysia, likely due to its abundance of immune-supporting bioactive compounds. It is believed that Arab doctors were the first to discover the berry’s health-promoting properties. Cubeb pepper berries contain high levels of hinokinin, a powerful phytonutrient known to support optimal immune function.
The essential oil derived from dried cubeb pepper berries also consists of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These potent compounds possess natural properties that can help combat external threats. Additionally, one of the monoterpenes in cubeb pepper berries is an antioxidant called sabinene. This potent antioxidant can support your immunity by protecting you from oxidative stress and promoting your overall health and well-being.
Other health benefits of cubeb pepper berries**
The status of cubeb pepper berries as a medicinal superfood is not without merit. Just adding a dash of ground cubeb pepper berries to your regular meals can grant you all these other benefits.
They can support healthy cognitive function – In the Middle ages, cubeb pepper berries were used to help clear the mind and promote concentration. Incorporating cubeb pepper berries into your diet can help maintain a sharp and perceptive mind.
They can promote healthy digestion – Cubeb pepper berries support healthy digestion by promoting your digestive system’s natural production of gastric juices and saliva. To promote optimal digestive health, freshly ground cubeb pepper berries are best consumed during high-fat and hard-to-digest meals.
They can support healthy respiratory function – Cubeb pepper berry tea is known to support the healthy function of your respiratory system.
They can promote good oral health – In India, a paste made of cubeb pepper berries is often used as a mouthwash to help eliminate bad breath and support good oral health and hygiene.
They can help uplift and elevate mood – Cubeb pepper berries can have a positive effect on overall mood. People used to chew on a small amount of cubeb pepper berries to help soothe away sad and anxious feelings.
They can support healthy reproductive function – In the Middle Ages, Arab and Indian physicians traditionally used cubeb pepper berries as the main ingredient in an aphrodisiac that can support healthy reproductive function.
Enhance all your favorite recipes with cubeb pepper berries
Often described as a cross between allspice and pepper, cubeb pepper berries possess a hot, bitter, aromatic flavor with a hint of citrus. While they are not as spicy as regular black pepper, these berries possess a complex taste that unfolds in three layers. They appear spicy at first, but then they develop an intense bitter note before finally settling on a long-lasting eucalyptus or camphor aroma. Cubeb pepper berries owe their distinctive flavor profile to a powerful compound known as cubebin. Because cubebin is so potent and the berries’ taste profile so taste, cubeb pepper berries are best used sparingly.
Raw cubeb pepper berries have a piney taste. However, they take on a warmer and more pleasant taste when cooked. Here are a few suggestions on how to use cubeb pepper berries:
- Grind or crush the berries before adding them to your recipes, but be sure to only grind as much as you need. Their volatile oils quickly lose their aroma once ground.
- You can use cubeb pepper berries as they are.
- Cubeb pepper berries work best in curries, rice meals and meat, cheese and vegetable dishes.
- Use them to season all your favorite Moroccan, North African, Arab, Indonesian and other Asian dishes.
- Use them as a pepper substitute in spiced biscuits, sausages, gingerbread and spice mixtures.
- Cubeb pepper berries can be paired with other spices such as turmeric, bay leaves, thyme, cardamom, sage, cinnamon and rosemary.
- Use them to give an exotic touch to European dishes such as lamb, duck and vegetable stews.
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