Juniper Berries may look like tiny blue berries, but they are actually conifers, like pine cones. They are very tightly clenched, which makes them look like berries. These juniper berries are sharp with a hint of bitterness and can be described as resinous with mild citrus notes. This type of spice originated from Greece. Ancient Greeks believed that the berries increased the stamina of athletes and used them during Olympic events. Juniper berries offer multiple health-enhancing qualities that include antibacterial benefits that are effective against multiple bacteria strains, like food poisoning. It also serves as antioxidant to prevent development of serious diseases. Juniper berries are a rich source of vitamin C as well as a variety of minerals including copper, chromium, and iron. Like most spices, juniper quickly loses its potency once ground, so grind only as much as you need for a given recipe. Stored in a tightly sealed container, whole berries will last for up to 2 years.