The cubeb pepper is native to Indonesia, cultivated for its fruit and essential oil. It is a tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine with spicy, berrylike fruits, heart-shaped veined leaves, and small flowers in cylindrical spikes. It is rarely utilized other than rare usage in Indonesian and North African cuisines, in which it is prized for its dry-woody, warm-camphoraceous and spicy-peppery aroma and pungent, acrid and bitter flavour. When dried, the stalked berries are a grayish brown to black and slightly larger than pepper corns with a furrowed surface. Most berries are hollow, sometimes with a hard, white seed. In addition to culinary usage, it is also utilized in perfumery, pharmaceuticals and commercial flavourings.