These exceptionally fragrant juniper berries come from Poland, a country with a rich juniper tradition. Juniper bushes and trees grow wild everywhere in Poland, and it will come as no surprise that we offer that particular juniper. With Fairwild label.
The juniper is a cypress-like shrub or plant that is one of 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 the juniper all over the world, above the 40th parallel even in such cold regions as Greenland and Iceland.
The juniper (Juniperus communis) bears cones, just like the pine and the fir - think of pine cones - except that they are less than a centimeter in size, and that the scales 'fuse' into a berry shape during ripening. That's why when you try to squish the juniper between your fingers, it falls into pieces.
Juniper berry is used in addition to the production of alcoholic drinks such as jenever, gin, Bénédictine and juniper beer in Polish sausages, in pates, in the preparation of all types of cabbage - red cabbage, Savoy cabbage, sauerkraut - , with 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 carry the Fair wild label, which is issued for responsible wild harvesting. For more information about this label, please 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, while the rest is dominated by the aroma of resin (α-pinene), with citrus notes and a surprising sweetness. The berries combine excellently with bay leaf and black pepper.
When you bruise the juniper berries, they break into chunks. Chop this finely, so that you do not end up with large pieces in your dish, and if you are not fond of bitter notes, immediately remove the single seed. The citrus flavor comes into its own when you combine juniper with fruit, from currants and apple (in red cabbage) to citrus fruits, apples and plums. A lesser-known dish is the Corsican prebonata: beef or veal with tomato, eggplant and pepper, red wine and juniper berries.
The scales protect the juniper from drying out, fortunately, otherwise the aromas would quickly evaporate. Do not bruise the berries until the last minute, and if you decide to leave them whole in your dish, marinate them beforehand so that they can absorb water and are less likely to break.
- 100% dried fruits of Juniperus communis
- controlled wild picking - fairwild label
- origin: Poland
- available in stand-up pouch and glass
- stand-up pouches contain 30, 45, 60, 150 and 300 grams respectively
- glass jar contains 45 grams
- the jar is available in a tasteful gift packaging, consisting of a cube box filled with black tissue paper
- for an overview of our gift packaging, please refer to the section gift packaging
- store juniper berries in a dark, dry and cool place
- the expiry date is an indication