Juniper kernels are the ripe fruits of the small evergreen conifer Juniper communis.
Persistent, but pleasant, resin aromas reminiscent of broken pine needles, on a faint spicy background. The taste is soft, almost sweet, with a slight bitterness in the finish.
An essential ingredient in sauerkraut recipes, they give a special flavor to marinades, but also hunting prey, poultry terriers and beef tongue. It is best to break them lightly before using them.
It flavors many alcoholic beverages, with gin being the best known, but also several beers. It goes well with black pepper, marjoram, laurel, mint and cumin.
Juniper is known for its positive effect on appetite but also on digestion, colic and stomach functions.
It is also a very good diuretic with antiseptic action in the urinary tract, used for intestinal gas, heartburn, bloating, as well as gastrointestinal infection and intestinal parasites.
How to use: Simmer a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of juniper for 10-12 minutes, drain and drink.
Its use is not recommended in cases where there are kidney diseases.