A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. They are the key flavouring in gin, which was originally known as “jenever” (juniper) and was developed in the Netherlands. They have a piney taste – comparable to rosemary. Juniper is used in marinades for lamb, venison and pork, to flavour meat dishes and season cabbage and sauerkraut dishes. To use the berries, lightly crush them and chop them finely before adding them to your dish or marinade.