Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus. The most common juniper is the juniperus communis.
Juniper berries contain many useful substances like oil, acids and dextrose. The berries does also contain lots of nutrients. For example, it has high concentration of vitamin C.
They are used extensively in medicine, as a potent ingredient in various medicines and treatments.
The Juniperus communis is very common in the Nordic region and is found throughout the northern hemisphere.
It's an evergreen conifer. You can find different types of junipers all over the world. There are about 60 different juniper species.
What You Can Use Juniper Berries For
Juniper berries is commonly used as a spice, both fresh or dried ones. For example, juniper berries are especially suitable for spice to foods like game or lamb. It also goes well in sauces and marinade.
The berries are also used to make beverages, for example juniper berry juice or tea.
Juniper berries is also used in spirits. The most common use is in gin. Gin gets its flavor from the juniper berry.
Junipers wood and needles, are used for smoking meat products.
Juniper berries is said to have antiseptic capabilities and therefore believed to help treat urinary tract infections and cystitis.
It’s also said that the berries can increase blood circulation in the skin.
How Juniper Berries Differ From Other Berries
Long ago the juniper berries actually were considered to have magical healing powers!
The biggest differences with the juniper berries from other berries is that it’s actually not a berry at all. It's not a true berry, its really a cone.
The cone has unusually fleshy and merged scales, which gives it a berry-like appearance.
Even though it's not a berry it can still provide you with potent health properties and, best of all, it comes combined with a wealth of flavors to your cooking!
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