This species was found in Southern Utah. there are between 50-67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America.
Coniferous plants. They are evergreen with needle-like and/or scale-like leaves. They can be either monoecious or dioecious. The female seed cones are very distinctive, with fleshy, fruit-like coalescing scales which fuse together to form a berry-like structure with 1 hard-shelled seed.
The alcoholic drink "Gin" is made of Juniper berries.
Juniper berry sauce is often a popular flavoring choice for quail, pheasant, veal, rabbit, venison and other meat dishes.
The grey-blue berries are really the female cones. Inside is a very hard brownish shell that encases the seeds.
The Utah Juniper can be identified by opening the "berry". If there is only one seed, it is a Utah Juniper.
Instead of needles or leaves, the Juniper has modified leaves that look like green scales on a stem.
Juniper berries act as a strong urinary tract disinfectant if consumed.
North American Indian tribes mixed the berries of juniperus communis with Berberis root bark in a herbal tea to treat diabetes.
Compounds in these plants when combined and ingested have been shown to trigger insulin production in the body's fat cells, as well as stabilize blood sugar levels.
Junipers are popular for making Bonsai Trees. ------------------------------------------
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