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Juniper berries

“Of course they’ve brought forth juniper berries; they’re juniper bushes – what do you expect?” – so goes one of the funniest lines from ‘The life of Brian’.

Juniper berries – note the cone ‘structure’

The juniper bushes which are dotted all over the hillsides round here don’t seem to have any problem bringing forth juniper berries either.

Although called berries, they’re actually small cones with fleshy, merged scales.

They’re bitter when raw but the mature purple ones are cooked in wild game dishes to give them a sharp, clear taste, and the young green ones are used to flavour gin.

An incredible range of health benefits is claimed for the plant, every part of which can be used although the berries are the most useful. Among other things, they are good for

  • urinary tract infections
  • arthritis
  • digestive problems
  • lung disorders

and they even have antiviral and anticancer potential.

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  1. January 15, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I want to try them out as soon as possible:)) It’s amazing what you can find out there in the world around us. There are so many amazing things , on this planet, we just have to open up to it.Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

    • Damaris
      January 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      So glad you like the site. I tried a couple of juniper berries again today. The really purple one was quite pleasant, but the less ripe one was like the strongest menthol sweet you can imagine. I could still taste it after I’d had a cup of coffee.

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