Juniper berry

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Juniper berries, here still attached to a branch, are actually modified conifer cones.

The juniper berry is the female seed cone made by the different kinds of junipers. It is not a true berry, but its unusual roundness and merged scales make it look like a berry. Some of the cones are used as spices. Juniper berries are also used to flavour gin. According to a FAO document, juniper berries are the only spice that comes from conifers.[1] However, tar and bark from pine trees are sometimes thought of as spices, too.

References

Other websites

  • "Medicinal uses of Juniper in Armenia". armeniapedia.org. Retrieved 31 July 2010.