The tiny pinecones of the juniper shrub, which is found across Europe and North America. The pinecones are so tightly clenched that they look like small, blue-purple berries. Juniper berries are tart and sharp, with a resinous, piney flavor and hints of citrus. If you’ve had gin before, you’ll recognize the distinct taste of juniper. “Gin” is short for the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, both of which mean juniper, the main flavor in gin.