About Juniper Berries
Juniper Berries (Juniperus Communis) aren't berries, they are the ripe, dried cones from the Juniper Evergreen shrub. These small bluish purple berries are about 1/4" wide with an intense spicy flavor with a slight overtone of pine. Best known as the flavoring for gin and other liqueurs, Juniper Berries also have many medicinal claims along with their culinary applications, such as arthritis treatment.
Juniper Berries are thought to stimulate the appetite and therefore should be used sparingly. Most often used with cooking game meat, the berries are used in a marinade or rubbed over the meat before grilling or roasting.
Juniper berries can be added, whole or crushed, to any soup, sauce, or marinade. A few juniper berries crushed & added to marinades for game gives a wonderful flavor.