Juniper Berries Whole
Botanical Name - Juniperi galbulus
Other Names - Mountain Berry, Hackmatack
Origin - Serbia
Typical Preparations - May be taken as a tea, extract or capsule, and may be liberally sprinkled on food or added to drinks and smoothies.
Cosmetic Usages - Infuse the crushed berries in oil or alcohol for skin and hair products. Juniper berry tinctures are known for producing a warming sensation on the skin.fuse in oil for making salves, lotions and creams.
Culinary Usages - Add to soups, braised meats and game. The whole berries are also traditionally added to sauerkraut.
Flavor Profile - Has a strong, resinous and pine-like flavor. Use sparingly.
Decorative Usages - Use in potpourri and floral displays.
The wood of this small tree has been used for centuries to smoke meat and fish, while the round, aromatic berries, which are actually cones, have been used to flavor stuffing, gravies, pickled fish and game meats. Juniper berry is also a flavoring agent in gin.
A sauce or syrup of juniper berry is traditionally served as a condiment to accompany rabbit, pheasant, quail, venison and other game meats. Combined with anise, rosemary and other herbs, juniper berries are used as a barbeque seasoning and flavoring for barbeque sauce.
Precautions - May increase the effects of blood thinning medications.
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