These juniper berries are the ripe, dried cones from the Juniperus Communis shrub.
Juniper berries are perhaps most famous for providing the predominant flavour in gin.
However, their bittersweet flavour makes juniper berries ideal for adding a touch of zing to both savoury and sweet dishes.
Try adding a few next time you cook up some game or a hearty meat dish; venison is a particularly popular match, but you can also add them to a beef or lamb stew. They are also great as a part of a pickling sauce for shallots, along with allspice berries, black peppercorns and mustard seeds.
Alternatively, use a handful as a garnish for your gin & tonic for a truly bracing experience.