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Where can I get Juniper berries?

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Ron Dec 26, 2001 11:53 PM

I see alot of recipies that call for juniper berries. I have never seen them in the markets. Please help.

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    Pat Goldberg Dec 27, 2001 06:52 AM

    I bought mine at Zabar's.

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      Cathy L. Dec 27, 2001 10:27 AM

      I buy them at Citarella or Fairway. They're also available through various spice catalogs/websites - e.g., Penzeys and Adriana's Caravan.

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        Alison Mesrop Jan 8, 2002 01:27 PM

        Much more fun that Citarella, etc. is Kalustyan's. Everyone should make the pilgimage to Lexington between 28th and 29th. It's an amazing place and they sell juniper berries. Just GO! you'll love the store. It's uncrowded, everyone's nice and you'll be transported.

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          Carolyn Bridges Jan 9, 2002 10:56 AM

          Hi Alison,

          There is a shop in Chicago called Spice House, located at 1512 N. Wells Street, Chicago IL 60610. Phone is 312-274-0378. They also have a Web Site and ship their products.
          I purchased some Juniper Berries there a few months ago along with some other unusual and hard to find herbs and spices. I was impressed with the quality and prices and also they are friendly folks who gave me tips on how to use some things that I had not encountered before.
          I used my Juniper with venison and also with a pork dish.
          Enjoy, Carolyn

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            bushwickgirl Apr 23, 2010 06:54 AM

            +1 on The Spice House, www.thespicehouse.com 1 oz, $2.09, plus thye carry many other spices you probably will want.

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      saucyknave Dec 27, 2001 11:38 AM

      Penzey's Spices has an online catalog and you can have one mailed to you, also.

      Link: http://www.penzeys.com/

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        Josh Mittleman Dec 28, 2001 08:01 AM

        I get almost all my spices through Penzey's these days, and I'm very pleased with them.

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        Bruce Dec 27, 2001 12:49 PM

        I've had luck finding them in large, well-stocked grocery stores, even here in the midwest. Look for them in the spice section. They are in your standard, 3 or 4 oz. spice jar, like the kind caraway seeds, etc. come in. They are sometimes called "freeze dried" juniper berries, and I've found them acceptable for crushing, putting into an infusion ball, and adding to my saurkraut--but sometimes I think that perhaps a shot of gin would do just as well.

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          Sarnie Dec 27, 2001 05:06 PM

          Why can't you just pick 'em off your trees? Is there a good reason not to use those?

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            CatherinaLH Apr 22, 2010 04:08 PM

            Yes, definitely a good reason not to: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/20/gar...

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              aguynamedbob Sep 26, 2010 08:23 AM

              I was curious about this and my Googling brought me to this thread. Thanks for the link!

          2. howlin Apr 23, 2010 11:50 AM

            i pick mine right off the plant,go for the nice dark purple ones.

            1. junescook Sep 26, 2010 08:57 AM

              I get them in the loose spice section of our local health food store.

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