Piper cubeba, cubeb or tailed pepper is a plant in the genus Piper, cultivated for its fruit and essential oil. It is mostly grown in Java and Sumatra, hence sometimes called Java pepper.
Commercial cubebs consist of the dried berries, similar in appearance to black pepper, but with stalks attached – the "tails" in "tailed pepper". Mainly used as a flavouring agent in food and meat preparations,ancient texts of Ayurveda include cubeb in various medical remedies.
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This plant is one of the oldest plants in the world finding mention during the 4th century BC.