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  • Plant: Common Juniper (Juniperus Communis)
  • Plant part: berry
  • Plant feauters: digestive, antiacid, diuretic, antireumatiche, tonic, stomachic expectorant, expectorant, stimulating, relieving flatulence, purifying, antiseptic, anti-gouty, diaphoretic, antiscorbutic, antiasthmatic, cough-releasing, against gallstone

  • Description:
    The medicinal wine obtained from juniper berries, according to Catone who was the Censor during De Re Rustica (Latin counselor for agriculture), was used to heal sciatica.

    Effectively, the juniper berry has a very rich history dating back to the time of the Egyptians when they used juniper as a diuretic or to the time of Virgil, who defined the plant Juniperus referring to a Celtic terminology in order to highlight the "sour" and penetrating fruit's character. This "harshness" was very used in the use of juniper as a remedial to strong foods such as wild game or sauerkraut, but especially it was used to prepare important spirits such as gin and vermouth. The same strong and penetrating flavour of juniper suits more than ever to spice a Grappa, so that this kind of Grappa is one of the most prepared from people who live in the mountains.  
  • Notes:
    By prolonged use may appear kidney irritation, gastrointestinal malfunction and excitement phenomena by the nervous system.
    Therefore, they are contraindicated in case of renal diseases inflammatory and during the pregnancy.
Common Juniper (Juniperus Communis)
  • Ingredients:
    First spirit:
    - A handful of juniper berries, ripe, dark colored
    - 1 liter Grappa
    - A bit of Angelica root (at pleasure)
    - A sprig of juniper (at pleasure)
    Second spirit with a delicate taste:
    - A handful of juniper berries, ripe, dark colored
    - 1 liter Grappa
    - Some coriander seeds
    - A bit of Cinnamon
    - 3 cloves
    - 2 tablespoons brown sugar  
  • Preparation:
    It is prepared by macerating in a liter of grappa a handful of fresh, ripe dark colored berries, those ones collected during the fall.
    After two months, everything is filtered and let mature it for six months. Thanks to the addition of a little bit of Angelica's root and a sprig of juniper the taste, already known of this liqueur and its appearance, will get only better. You will obtain a more delicate spirit instead by adding to this Grappa some coriander seeds, a bit of cinnamon, three cloves and two tablespoons brown sugar already melted. Both spirits are excellent digestive.  

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  • Persian Walnut, Common Walnut (Juglans Regia)
  • Common Juniper (Juniperus Communis)
  • Bay laurel (Laurus Nobilis)
  • Aloysia Citrodora, Lemon verbena (Lippia Citriodora)
  • Chamomile (Matriarcaria Chamomilla)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
  • Horse Mint (Mentha Longifolia)
  • Bogbean, Buckbean (Menyanthes Trifoliata)
  • Honey (Miele)
  • Black Mulberry, Blackberry (Morus Nigra)
  • Alpine Sow-thistle, Alpine Blue-sow-thistle (Mulgedium Alpinum)
  • Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
  • Cicely, Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata)
  • Common myrtle, Saharan myrtle (Myrtus Communis)
  • Oregano, Wild Marjoram (Origanum Vulgare)
  • Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)
  • Masterwort (Peucedanum Ostruthium)
  • Bladder Cherry, Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi)
  • Swiss pine, Arolla pine (Pinus Cembra)
  • Creeping Pine, Mugo Pine (Pinus Mugo Turra)
  • Mastic (Pistacia Lentiscus)
  • Common Polypody (Polypodium Vulgare)
  • Primula Odorosa (Primula Veris)
  • Wild Cherry, Sweet Cherry (Prunus Avium)
  • Cherry Laurel (Prunus Lauroceraso)
  • Blackthorn, Sloe (Prunus Spinosa)
  • Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
  • Whitebeam or Common Whitebeam (Pyrus Aria)
  • Qiunce (Pyrus Cydonia)
  • Chinese Rhubarb, Rhubarb Root (Rheum Palmatum)
  • Blackcurrant (Ribes Nigrum)
  • Dog-Rose (Rosa Canina)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
  • Elmleaf Blackberry or Thornless Blackberry (Rubus Fruticosus)
  • Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)
  • Butcher's-Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus)
  • Common Rue (Ruta Graveolens)
  • Sage, Garden Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
  • Elder, Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)