Product: Juniper Berries
Latin Name: Juniperus communis
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Other Names: Common Juniper, Gin Berry, Horse Savin, Gin Plant, Bayas de Enebro, Genévrier, Ginepro, Wachholder, Jagody Jałowca, Junípero, Seiyō-Suzu & Jeneverbes.
Description: Where do we start with Juniper Berries? They’re one of our most popular ingredients and it could very well have something to do with the fact that these small berries make one of the most popular spirits in the world! It’s always gin o’clock when Juniper Berries are involved… These favoured berries have a tart, sharp taste, and a piney flavour with a hint of citrus.
An ideal ingredient to add to rich gamey dishes containing venison, duck, and pheasant. They also work well with pork and lamb and are excellent when added to dishes such as potato gratin, sauerkraut, and pickles. The berries can also be used to make sweet syrups to poach fruit in or to use as a base for a fruit salad. To get the best results, lightly crush juniper berries before adding to a dish to help release their flavour.