Juniper is a woody shrub in the conifer or cypress family and the purple, blue, violet or blackish-brown fruits commonly called berries are actually small cones that take nearly two years to mature. This pungent spice is popular in European cuisine with its tart, sharp, piney flavor with hints of citrus and is the main flavoring agent in gin.
Three or four juniper berries release enough potent flavor for most dishes, so use sparingly. They are commonly used as a seasoning for wild game because their tart flavor cuts back some of the gaminess. Juniper berries work well in savory foods and are paired nicely with citrus fruits.
There are an astounding 87 antioxidant compounds found in the berries and many of Juniper’s health benefits stem from their potent activity.
Juniper berries are loaded with minerals and vitamins and contain bitter compounds that stimulate bile flow and the production of digestive enzymes. Their antiseptic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties are well known. Juniper tea was even once used as a disinfectant for surgeons’ tools.
Dried Berries / Whole
TISANE "HERBAL" TEA BREW TIMES:
Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes
Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes
Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes
*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.
Baked Feta with Rosemary Blackberry Compote
Buttermilk Ice Cream With Plum Juniper Berry Swirl
Southern Slow-Cooker Choucroute
Super Juicy Crusted Pork Chops with Fennel Pollen
Juniper Berries Whole
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Use with caution in persons with inflammatory kidney disease. Not for use exceeding six weeks in succession. Processed in a facility that also produces tree nuts. Tree nut fragments may be occasionally present.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
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