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Juniper Berry
Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry

Regular price
$5.00
Sale price
$5.00

Grown on Sweetgrass Farm!

Juniperus communis

Whole, Dried Berry

1 oz.

A native evergreen to North America, Europe, and Asia, Juniper berries are regarded for their healthful properties, They have a strong taste and are added sparingly to culinary recipes. The berries can also be tinctured and added to liquors for their herbaceous flavor.

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 that is a juniper tree is planted by the door to your home, a witch cannot enter. Juniper incense has also been used to ward off the evil eye, and to remove demons. Harvest occurs in early autumn.

To prevent loss of essential oil, juniper berries should not be ground, crushed, or rubbed until just before use. May be taken as a tea, extract or capsule, and may be liberally sprinkled on food or added to drinks and smoothies. The berries are best know as a flavoring agent in Gin.