Know what these berries are called ?
IF you said juniper berries, you were right!
A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by various species of junipers.
It is not a true berry but a cone with fleshy and merged scales, giving it a berry-like appearance.
The cones from a handful of species, notably Juniperus communis, are used as a spice. In the Middle Ages, the scent of juniper was believed to ward off plague, witches, evil spirits, curses and contagious diseases. The juniper berry has been an herbal remedy for urinary problem and gallstones and is an old folk remedy for gout.
Juniper berries gives gin its distinguishing flavor. The name gin derives from genièvre, the French word for juniper berry. Golden raisins soaked in gin are a popular home remedy to relieve arthritis.
We don’t have enough berries to make gin, instead Grenville dries the berries and uses them to season pork roasts. Crushing the berries before using releases their distinctive flavor.