Best known as the flavoring for gin, the double-cleaned berries are picked when ripe, in autumn. The picked berries have a green-blue bloom that disapears during drying. The aroma is pleasantly woody, bittersweet and unmistakably like gin. The taste is clean and refreshing, sweetish with a hint of pine and resin. A few juniper berries will reduce the wild flavor of game meats and will add the pleasant tartness long associated with Germanic dishes, such as sauerbraten, stuffed goose and beef stews. Net weight: 0.8 lb.