Product of Croatia
Latin Name: Juniperus communis
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Did you know that gin was originally a medicine in the 16th century? Although juniper had been used to flavour medicines and liqueurs since the 11th century, when it was used as a means of trying to avoid the black death.
Gin as a medicine is said to have been originally invented by a Dutch chemist who used juniper to flavour his medicine for its diuretic, stomachic, and carminative properties which lent themselves to treating stomach problems such as indigestion and flatulence.
By the 17th century gin was being distilled and distributed across Europe.
Ingredients: Dried fruit of juniper communis.
Juniper berries have a piney, bitter taste and aroma.
They are an ideal ingredient to add to rich game 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.