Cole & Mason Juniper Berries
Eat our Juniper Berries with a leg of lamb.Mix some crushed garlic, crushed juniper berries, olive oil and sea salt into a paste. Rub all over the lamb and let it marinate for an hour or two. Roast at a low heat for four to six hours, until the meat falls off the bone.
Why not try making a classic English side more interesting. For a fresh take on coleslaw, toss grated apples, carrots and shredded cabbage with mayonnaise, lemon juice, crushed juniper berries and salt to taste. Or use the same trick to liven up a potato salad.
Juniper berries are native to Britain, but grow wild all over Europe. They come from an evergreen shrub that's in the same family as cypress trees. The berries start off green, and turn a purpley blue as they ripen.
They're mostly associated with making gin – in fact, the word for gin comes from the French word for juniper. Their piney, citrusy flavour works particularly well with wild birds and game. But you can also use them to jazz up cabbage salads or pork.
Supplier: The Spice Company