Culinary and Medicinal Uses
The common name “juniper” actually refers to the all of the 50 + species in the Juniperus genus that can be found in abundance in most of the temperate regions of North America (Foster, Steven 221). In some areas, members of this genus are referred to as “cedars,” though taxonomically junipers are distinct from true cedars. Some junipers are impressive thick-barked trees with deep tap roots and cone-like canopies, while others are humble shrubs, growing perhaps out of a crack in a rocky mountainside. Generally, junipers share a distinctive scent, both in the wood and the spiky, scaly foliage (more resembling needles than leaves). While the species know as junipers are numerous and often quite distinct from one another, nearly all can be used interchangeably as food and medicine, with the bluish cones (known as “berries”) being most widely used (Moore, Michael144-146).
As food, juniper…
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