Juniper Berry

The juniper berry is the fruit of the juniper shrub or small tree, of which there are about forty different species. It grows in many parts of the world – Europe, North America, the Himalayas and Asia Minor – but there is only one species native to Great Britain.

The berries are small and dark purple in colour with a distinctive bittersweet flavour. For centuries, they have been used medicinally, but now they are used chiefly, in their dried form, to flavour gin, cordials and many game dishes.

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