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The Instacart guide to juniper berries
About juniper berries
Juniper berries are the dried cones from a Juniper evergreen shrub. The shrubs grow in the temperate areas of the northern hemisphere and are commonly found in central Texas and the eastern part of Oregon. Although its name suggests it's a sweet fruit, the juniper berry actually has a strong flavor with notes of pine, and pairs well with garlic, caraway, pepper, and rosemary.
The cone of the juniper is the berry. It is small and green when it first grows and turns a bluish-black in its second year. Juniper berries are different from other berries because they add flavor and aroma to a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savory, where other berries are more commonly used just for dessert. Use Juniper berries to add flavor to:
- Pickled foods.
- Puddings and gelatin.
- Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
- Frozen dairy.
- A meat rub.
One of the most common uses for juniper berries is to flavor gin. Gin is made by distilling grain alcohol with juniper berries, which is what gives it its signature flavor. You can also add some whole juniper berries to a gin and tonic for a nice garnish and a little extra flavor. If you are not a gin drinker, juniper berries will add a floral and piney flavor to many other cocktails.
Make a delicious rub by grinding a tablespoon of pequin chilies and juniper berries along with a teaspoon of anise seeds into a powder. Mix with a tablespoon of kosher salt, a tablespoon of sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper, tarragon, dried garlic, and sage. Rub on your favorite protein or game meat before grilling. This rub works with chicken or beef, and it also pairs very well with lamb and is delicious with venison and pork.
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