Juniper is harvested from coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae. Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, between 50 and 67 species of juniper are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America.
|Latin name:||Juniperus Communis|
|Origin:||Macedonia / Serbia / Bosnia / Italy|
|Harvest time:||September - January|
|How is it harvested:||Berries are picked by collectors in the mountains by hand using a stick to knock the ripe berries off the bush into a sieve leaving the unripen berries for next years harvest. Collectors first collect truffles and fungii and at the same time will review the Juniper crop and highest yielding areas. Collectors harvest after they have picked the fungii and truffles. Berries are then sifted and in certain cases colour sorted and dried if necessary.|
|Other uses:||Meat processing / Smokehouses / Curing / Perfumery|