> Juniper Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow juniper:
Traditionally used to give gin its taste. Also Juniper branches were
burnt for fumigation purposes.
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How to grow
Sow juniper seeds in a cold frame in spring and plant out in
permanent position one year later. It can be propagated by stem cuttings in
early autumn. Bring the cuttings on in sandy soil under glass. Male and female
plants are needed for berries to be produced.
Juniper likes good garden soil and a well drained
Juniper had grey/green leaves and can grow up to 12 feet in
height. The leaves are thin and pointed and the flowers are small and yellow.
The green berries take 2 years to mature, eventually turning blue/black in
colour. When ready gather the berries in autumn and dry for use.
The berries are usually dried for use. They can be added to pork and
venison and they can be used as a substitute for a bay leaf (4 berries = 1 bay
leaf). The berries can be added to stuffing for rich meat like goose or duck and
added to cabbage water and the water in which a ham is being boiled. Tea made
from the berries is supposed to have a diuretic quality (not to be used by those
with any kidney trouble) and it is good for bronchial complaints and
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