Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis)
Juniper Berry assists urine flow and helps to clean the kidneys, bladder and prostate of toxic wastes, while at the same time helping to fight off urinary infections . Juniper Berries are famous as flavoring for gin, but Juniper also aids digestion and also helps to relieve gout, arthritis and painful joints.
Juniper berries are used in northern European and particularly Scandinavian cuisine to "impart a sharp, clear flavor" to meat dishes, especially wild birds (including thrush, blackbird, and woodcock) and game meats (including boar and venison). They also season pork, cabbage, and sauerkraut dishes. Traditional recipes for choucroute garnie, an Alsatian dish of sauerkraut and meats, universally include juniper berries. Besides Norwegian and Swedish dishes, juniper berries are also sometimes used in German, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian cuisine, often with roasts. Northern Italian cuisine, especially that of the Alto Adige/Südtirol, also incorporates juniper berries.
Family: Cupressaceae (cypress) - Coniferae (conifer)
Other common names: Common Juniper, Ground Juniper, Juniper Berries, Gin BerriesBotanical: Juniperus communis