Juniper Berries, Whole

 

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The juniper berry is not, in fact, really a berry, but rather is a female seed cone from a juniper tree. Best known for flavoring gin, juniper berries are a perfect flavoring for game and other strong meats. Juniper berries have a fragrant and flowery bouquet, reminding you of the curiously pleasing aromas of gin and turpentine. Juniper's flavor is aromatic, bittersweet, and piney.
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  • The berries were known to Greek, Roman and early Arab physicians as a medicinal fruit and are mentioned in the Bible. In the Renaissance, they were recommended against snake bite, and plague and pestilence.
    Juniper berries bring a "freshening" quality to recipes, a sharp, clear flavor to Scandanavian, German-Austrian-Czech, and Northern Italian cuisines. Juniper makes game less game-y, so is a frequent contributor to wild bird and game recipes. It cuts the fatty effect of duck and pork as well.
    Juniper berries blend well with other herbs and spices: thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, bay leaves, allspice and onions and garlic. Add juniper berries to wine marinades for meats, or use with coriander for smoking meats. For a delicious sauerbraten, add 3 tablespoons to the marinade. Lightly crush and then rub over meats before roasting or grilling. Juniper berries even go well in fruit dishes like apple tarts.