These delicious juniper berries come from Poland, a country with a rich juniper tradition. Everywhere in Poland the juniper bushes and trees grow in the wild, and it is not surprising that we offer that juniper. With Fairwild label.

The juniper is a cypress-rich shrub or plant that is among the oldest plant species on earth. Even before the current continents were formed, he grew up on Pangea, the primeval continent. Nowadays you can find juniper all over the world, above the 40th parallel even in such cold regions as Greenland and Iceland.

The juniper (Juniperus communis), just like the pine and spruce, carries cone fruits - think of pine cones - on the understanding that they are less than an inch in size and that the scales 'fuse' into a berry shape during ripening. When you try to squeeze the juniper between your fingers, it falls apart into pieces.

Juniper berry is used not only for the production of alcoholic beverages such as jenever, gin, Bénédictine and juniper beer in Polish sausages, in pâtés, in the preparation of all types of cabbage - red cabbage, savoy cabbage, sauerkraut -, for strong-tasting meat such as game, poultry (duck) , goose), but also with lamb and pork.

Our deep blue juniper berries are exclusively from organic cultivation. They are provided with the Fair wild label that is issued for responsible game picking. For more information about this label we refer to the official website: www.fairwild.org.

Smell and taste

A 'berry' contains only a few oval seeds, sometimes only one. The seeds provide the bitter notes, the rest dominates the aroma of resin (α-pinene), with citrus notes and a surprising sweetness. The berries combine perfectly with bay leaf and black pepper.

Usage

When you crush the juniper berries, they fall apart into chunks. Finely chop it so that you don't get any big pieces in your dish, and if you are not so fond of bitter tones, immediately remove the single seed. The citrus flavor comes into its own when you combine juniper with fruit, from currants and apples (in red cabbage) to citrus fruits, apples and plums. A less well-known dish is the Corsican prebonata: beef or veal with tomato, eggplant and bell pepper, red wine and juniper.

The scales protect the juniper against dehydration, luckily, otherwise the aromas would evaporate quickly. Crush the berries only at the last minute, and when you decide to leave them whole in your dish, marinate them in advance so that they can absorb water and break down less quickly.

Features

  • 100% dried fruit of the Juniperus communis - wild
  • origin: Poland
  • harvest 2019

Availibility

  • available in pouch and glass
  • pouchescontain 30, 45, 60, 150 and 300 grams respectively
  • glass jar contains 45 grams

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • keep your juniper berries in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • february 2022


GMO information
non-GMO
Origin
Poland
Botanical name
Cupressaceae Juniperus communis
Ingredients
No additions 100% dried fruit
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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Juniper berry

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