Juniper berry

spice, herbal drug

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.

Juniper berries are actually modified conifer cones.


  1. Ciesla, William M (1998). Non-wood forest products from conifers. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 92-5-104212-8. Chapter 8: Seeds, fruits, and cones Archived 2018-05-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 27, 2006.

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