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Don't be confused by the name - Juniper berries are a seasoning, not a snack. This pungent spice is popular in European cuisine and also gives gin its distinguishing flavor.
Juniper berries are actually the tiny pinecones of the juniper shrub, which is found across Europe and North America. The pinecones are so tightly clenched that they look like small, blue-purple berries. Juniper berries are tart and sharp, with a resinous, piney flavor and hints of citrus. If you've had gin before, you recognize the distinct taste of juniper: gin is short for the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, both of which mean juniper, the main flavor in gin.
Juniper berries have been used since ancient times, when they were popular in Greece, Rome, and Egypt. The ancient Greeks used juniper berries as medical remedy, and Greek athletes used to eat them before races to increase stamina. Juniper berries have even been found in the tomb of King Tut!
Juniper is most commonly used as a seasoning for wild game, such as venison, boar, rabbits, and pheasants. However, it can also be used to season beef, pork, and many vegetables such as cabbage (some types of sauerkraut are made with juniper). Juniper berries are often found in European dishes, and many use them to make meat stews, sauces, marinades, juniper tea, and even chili.
Most dishes won't need more than three or four juniper berries. After crushing the berries to release the flavor, some also chop or grind them.
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renee, Killeen, TX December 19, 2011
“Thanks so much for being on time. It was an ordeal to find this berries, now I can do a real german X-Mass meal.”
Julia, Mt. Pleasant, MI September 8, 2011
“Thank you for the quick shipment! I couldn't be happier with your services and the product!”
Heather, Ivoryton, CT July 19, 2011
“I love your products and it was a very fast shipping time! I hope you continue to expand your product line.”
lani, Greenfield, MA September 30, 2010
“Wow- I can't believe I got that order so quickly! Thanks very much... yum.
Pat, Bellevue, IA July 21, 2009
“I've paid some pretty good prices for spices in the past. I took a chance on you and wow, am I a happy camper!! The juniper berries are so fresh I wondered if you picked them yesterday; the thyme is wonderful and the bay leaves are as well. Thanx so much. You are my spice source for life!!”
Connie, Rockville Centre, NY April 10, 2009
“Thanks so much for the great service. The Juniper berries are part of a pork chop recipe and oh so hard to find but thanks to you we are on our way.
Rebecca, MD November 25, 2008
“WOW! Lightening fast delivery in time for creating our Thanksgiving feast. Fabulous price on Juniper berries (hard to find) and terrific customer service. I love your sense of humor and that you follow up once you have confirmation a package has been delivered!
Again, WOW! I'll be back again to buy.
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Evelyne TEske, walla walla, wa October 13, 2013
“thank you for the prompt shipment, i am looking forward making use of the juniper berries. thank you again,”
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. This can be refrigerated or frozen.
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