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Spotlight On Spices! Issue November 2012 - Juniper Berries - From Apple Pie to Venison
November 05, 2012
Whew! You still have time to get your favorite doughnut. Today, November 5th, is National Doughnut Day. See below for some of our other favorite national food days being recognized this month.
Last November 2011, we shared information about Allspice - Jamaica Pepper which is a berry from an evergreen tree. Given yet another rush of cold weather here in the Northeast, and feeling still the affects of Hurricane Sandy, we want to share about another versatile spice that can flavor both warm apple pies and belly-warming stews made from venison or fowls. It too is a berry from an evergreen tree. Can you guess what it is? Found in many recipes for Pickling Spices, it’s cooked with a lot this time of year when gamy meats are prepared for both holiday and everyday meals. You guessed right! We’re talking about this month’s …
THE SPICE OF LIFE - Juniper Berries - From Apple Pie to Venison
Juniper Berries are from an evergreen coniferous tree/shrub of the cypress family. This ancient tree has male and female versions that must grow near each other so that berries are produced. These beautiful blue-black berries ripen every two years. Dried berries are more flavorful than fresh ones. Before cooking with them, crush the berries to release their full flavor.
With biblical references about being a tree of protection, Juniper trees are grown primarily in central and southern Europe (especially Italy).
Juniper Berries have an affinity with apples. Blend into apple jellies you serve with lamb and game meats. You can even try adding some of these crushed berries to an apple dessert like a pie or a tart to enhance its flavor.
These berries are one of the ingredients usually found in Pickling Spices recipes.
Considered an antiseptic, Juniper Berries have been used for flatulence and rheumatism.
November is the Month for:
National Fun with Fondue Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover's Month
National Pepper Month
National Raisin Bread Month
National Pomegranate Month
Some Favorite National Food Days in November Include:
November 2 National Deviled Egg Day
November 5 National Doughnut Day
November 6 National Nachos Day
November 10 National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 14 National Guacamole Day
November 20 National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 23 National Cashew Day
November 26 National Cake Day
November 28 National French Toast Day
November 29 National Chocolates Day
November 30 National Mousse Day
SPICY TIDBITSCheck here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:
MERCHANTS & RETAILERS:Websites for Spice Retailers:
Atlantic Spice Company - atlanticspice.com
Durkee® - durkee.com
McCormick® - mccormick.com
Milford Spice Company - milfordspice.com
Penzeys Spices - penzeys.com
Savory Spice Shop - savoryspiceshop.com
Spice Islands® - spiceislands.com
The Spice House - thespicehouse.com
Spice Accessories Websites:
Bottles, Containers & Jars:
Bottle Store - www.bottlestore.com
eBottles.com - www.ebottles.com
SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. - www.sks-bottle.com
Online Labels - www.onlinelabels.com
Tubular Spices - www.tubularspices.com/Spice_Racks.asp
Spice Rack Source - www.spiceracksource.com/all-spice-racks/
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