[Sca-cooks] Real Cubebs?

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Thu Jun 10 20:10:28 PDT 2010

Pick them up from Auntie Arwen. She4 sells at Pennsic, and has pretty
well picked up where the Pepperer's Guild left a hole in our spices.
She has great stuff- for those of you weak sisters, who'd like to try
a curry powder with incredible flavor, and no heat, you ought to try
her Two Knives blend ;-) But I digress-

Her website is a mess at the moment- her friend and webmaster passed
away recently, but I did find the cubebs. Yes, they're cubebs- I
bought a little stash last Pennsic.


Better order quickly, because it's getting on towards Pennsic, and
things get packed up ahead of time.

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM,  <lilinah at earthlink.net> wrote:
> I love cubebs. I first bought them in a spice shop in the mid 1970s just
> because i had no idea what they were. Yeah, i do that, buy mysterious
> ingredients, then find out what they are.
> Cubebs look like black peppercorns but a bit larger and with a fine stem
> (tail). They have a peppery scent with a hint of citrus and resin. In my
> experience they are not as hot as regular peppers, but are more aromatic
> (plus i don't have the reaction to them i have to pepper skins.... which is
> why i tend to use white pepper).
> For more info:
> http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Pipe_cub.html
> 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.
> Does anyone know where to get REAL cubebs?
> (not a random link on the internet that i could find myself, or ''i think so
> and so sells them''. I want to know i'm getting the real thing rather than i
> buying more of something that isn't cubeb.)
> Or are they still unavailable in the US?
> With hope and thanks in advance,
> --
> Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
> the persona formerly known as Anahita
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