4 oz resealable
Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis)
is the variety most often used to make gin, medicines and food dishes? Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) is an evergreen tree native to Europe, Asia, and the northern parts of North America and it is especially abundant in central Texas and Eastern Oregon. The history and folklore concerning the juniper tree is long reaching. The first recorded mention of use is in an Egyptian papyrus from 1500 B.C.E. Juniper was the symbol of the Canaanites fertility goddess Ashera. Western European folklore tells us that a juniper tree is planted by the door to your home, a witch cannot enter. Juniper incense has also been used by the Scottish to ward off the evil eye, and by the Tibetans to remove demons. The purple, blue, violet, or blackish-brown fruits are harvested in early autumn for culinary and medicinal use. They are the key flavoring in gin, which was originally known as jenever (“juniper”) and was developed in the Netherlands. They have a wonderfully piney taste – most like rosemary if you are looking for a comparison – but more resinous and with citrus overtones (so if you’re subbing rosemary for juniper, add a bit of lemon juice too). Juniper berries have antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and diuretic properties as well as improves digestion. Also, Juniper Berries contain high amounts of antioxidants. These compounds help to neutralize free radicals in the body, which eventually lead to the development of diseases like cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants also maintain healthy, youthful skin by fighting wrinkles and lines, aiding in cell regeneration and reducing inflammation. Also, some of your pepper corn you buy in groceries may have a few juniper berries mixed in with the black pepper as well.
Culinary & Medicinal uses however best known for flavoring gin. Juniper Berries are high in nutrients and powerful plant compounds which provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Juniper Berries may also have anti diabetic properties. They are great added to whole peppercorns
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