Today’s focus is on JUNIPER BERRIES.
Not a true berry, juniper berries are actually the scales from the cones produced by juniper trees. Fragrant, spicy and piney, Juniper berries are the kick and flavor behind gin, believe it or not. And in nutrition circles, these little gems get high marks for digestive help, vitamin C, iron and magnesium.
Here’s today’s TRICK:
Dried crushed juniper berries add a nice punch to any kind of game, lamb, duck or fowl. Try melting 1/2 cup of butter and adding a 1 teaspoon of crushed dried juniper berries and place in the cavity of your bird—great flavor!
And here’s a TIP:
Juniper berries are additionally used as a supplement for diuretic purposes and to treat bladder infections. There is also a toxicity warning that comes with juniper berry usage (study conducted by North Carolina State University), so using juniper berry supplements should be discussed with your health care professional before using and should never be used if you’re pregnant or nursing.
And your RECIPE: