Cubeb, Piper cubeba
Cubebs,Tailed Pepper, or Java Pepper is mostly grown in Java and Sumatra. The fruits are gathered before they are ripe, and carefully dried.
It has been described as tasting like a cross between allspice and black pepper.
Cubeb came to Europe through India in trading with the Arabs. In Europe, cubeb was one of the valuable spices during the Middle Ages. It was ground as a seasoning for meat or used in sauces.
Cubeb was thought by the people of Europe to be repulsive to demons. Cubeb berries are used in love-drawing magic spells by practitioners of hoodoo, an African-American form of folk magic.
Indian and traditional Chinese medicine include cubeb in various remedies as did the Arabs of the Middle Ages.
The item purchased is the bag of Cubeb in the photograph.
Cubeb, Piper cubeba listed in:
Herbs and Spices
, Peppers of the World