Juniper Berries

Juniperus Communis

Country of Origin

Bulgaria

Description

Juniper Berries grow wild over most of the world, both as small needle bushes and as 10-12 meters high
conifers. Instead of cones, the juniper bush/tree grows small blueberries. The bearings do not mature at the same time, they must be handpicked.

Taste Characteristics

The taste is aromatic and spicy, fresh with a touch of pine and resin. The taste is relatively dominant, so it should be used with care.

Usage

Juniper Berries are best known from gin, where juniper berries are the main ingredient. In solid food, it is used in wild dishes, and pies where the sharp taste compliments especially the fatter dishes.

In sauerkraut, juniper berries are indispensable – and if you get a smoked sausage, juniper may have played a role, as you often use juniper (with branches) in many sausages. Juniper Berries have been used for many centuries as natural preservation in pate and sausages.

History

In the Roman Empire, Juniper has been used to ignite a fire, when evil spirits should be hunted,
or just to clean the air. Since then, and through the Middle Ages, it has used the magic
juniper berries against digestive problems, snake bites and plague.

Nutrition

Juniper Berries are rich in fiber, and otherwise no significant amounts of minerals and vitamins.