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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jumpin' Juniper!


Last night, we harvested the cabbage from our garden to make sauerkraut. This is nothing like the pasteurized sauerkraut you buy in a can at the grocery store. This kraut is actually crunchy! The texture is superb. My favorite part of homemade kraut is biting into a juniper berry. 

Juniper berries have this aromatic quality that is both drying and stimulating...a mixture of both mildly sweet and pungent all wrapped in one. I don't know for sure, but I imagine the juniper berry has earned its way into kraut because it cuts down on gas, which cabbage does a great job of creating.

Juniper also acts a diuretic, but it can be very stimulating and damaging to the kidneys if too much is ingested. It has sometimes been used to help clear urinary gravel-like sediment and non-obstructive kidney stones.

I'll be discussing juniper further, along with several other herbs, at Grogg's Green Barn on Thursday night. I hope you will join us!

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