Despite their name, juniper “berries” are actually seed
cones from the juniper tree that have been dried. Perhaps most well
known for their use flavoring gin, juniper berries also pair
exceptionally well with game meats as their spicy pine flavor evokes the forest.
In addition to their culinary uses, juniper berries are
also believed to have medicinal and spiritual applications. They are
thought to stimulate appetite, invigorate the body when soaked in the
bath (the Greeks used them to increase stamina in Olympic athletes), and
keep away evil spirits.
These juniper berries are primarily harvested from the mountains of Bulgaria, often within the Dobroslavtzi region.