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Juniper Berry 1 Oz.(Juniperus communis)

Juniper Berry 1 Oz.(Juniperus communis)

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One ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis), despite their name, are not actually berries but rather female seed cones of the juniper shrub. Juniper has a long history of human use dating back to ancient civilizations. The Romans, Gauls, and Native Americans all used juniper berries for various purposes. The Romans and Gauls used them as a culinary spice and even as a meat preservative, while Native American tribes used them not only in cooking but also for medicinal purposes and in crafting jewelry.

Medicinally, juniper berries have been used for centuries to address a variety of ailments. Juniper berries possess properties that can help with digestion, urinary tract infections, and inflammation. It is important to note that juniper berries can also be toxic if consumed in large quantities, so it is always best to consult with a medical professional before using them for medicinal purposes.

Juniper berries’ unique flavor profile, is often described as being both peppery and piney with a hint of citrus, making them a popular spice in European cuisine. They are commonly used to season meats, particularly game meats like venison and boar, as well as cabbage, sauerkraut, and stews. Of course, the most famous use of juniper berries is the production of gin, where they are the key ingredient that gives gin its distinctive flavor.

Juniper berries also hold a special place in some magickal traditions. They have been associated with purification, protection, and banishing negativity for centuries. Some cultures believed burning juniper berries could cleanse a home of evil spirits, while others wore juniper amulets for protection.

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