Native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, juniper trees can often be found in cold, dry regions where most woody plants fail to grow. The trees are popular as an ornamental shrub, and their wood is sometimes used to make crafts such as utensils and containers. The juniper berries produced by the female trees are surprisingly berries in name only, and are in fact rounded cones with smooth scales, which gives them the appearance of a berry. Because of this, juniper berries provide a strong, robust flavor when crushed, which is preferred for seasoning meats. Juniper berry tea is strongly aromatic, bearing a distinct and pleasant taste.
The juniper bush has been cultivated in Europe for centuries. Their flavorful berries provide a dynamic flavor often used in seasoning, and make a unique herbal tea.