Saturday, February 27, 2016

Juniper in the hood

A Red Hook stroll on this last Saturday of February 2016. And a happy encounter with an eastern North American juniper, Juniperus virginiana - commonly known as eastern red cedar. The fruit is sweet and seedy, with a distinct hit of gin.

Back home: Store-bought juniper berries on the left, eastern red cedar berries on the right.

I have plans for them. A Remodelista Market is coming up, in March, and I have been asked to make two special cocktails for the pre-market party...

Happy February forager...



  1. It may be the last Saturday of February, but the last day is Monday February 29. Feel free to delete. *grin*

  2. When I was growing up on Long Island, there were bushes like that in the neighborhood. I did not know that they were edible!

  3. Eastern red cedars are considered nuisance plants where I live. Hope to read what you do with the berries.

  4. I just saw the post about the cocktails and never thought of putting these berries to such good use.


Comments are moderated (for spam control) on posts older than 48 hours. Yours will be seen!