[Sca-cooks] Real Cubebs?
t.d.decker at att.net
Wed Jun 9 21:31:15 PDT 2010
Possibly Piper guineense, West African Pepper or Guinea Pepper AKA False
Cubeb. To quote Wikipedia, "prolate-elliptically shaped, smaller and
smoother than Cubeb pepper in appearance and generally bear a reddish
tinge." The taste is milder and less bitter than cubeb and it is commonly
used as a substitute for cubeb.
> I buy a lot of spices at Lhasa Karnak, in Berkeley, which is generally
> reliable. But a few years ago there was a problem with cubebs (i forget
> which, a disease or insect infestation). Since then LK has been selling as
> cubebs something that definitely is not cubeb. They are tinier than
> cubebs, have no tail, and pretty much no flavor. The wrinkled black skin
> slips off easily revealing a red-brown smoothing skinned sphere.
> Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
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