A tale of two households, part 2
In the previous post you saw the tiny cones of a male Ashe juniper, Juniperus ashei. Now from the same place in Great Hills on January 14th here’s a closeup of a female tree bearing lots of tiny fruits, each about a quarter of an inch (6mm) across, which sources describe as berry-like cones. I had no idea a cone can masquerade as a berry, but apparently it can. Note the seemingly ubiquitous spiderwebs in a couple of places.
DID YOU KNOW?
The alcoholic drink called gin gets its name from the juniper “berries” that season it, which come from a species found primarily in Eurasia and Canada. That makes me wonder if the fruits of the Ashe juniper, though considered inedible, could be used in small quantities to flavor a Texas gin.
© 2014 Steven Schwartzman