The cold, arid regions of the northern hemisphere are home to juniper trees, thick, woody shrubs that thrive where many other plants find the chill to be uninviting. The intricate leaves, a kind of evergreen, and dusky blue berries have made them a popular ornamental plant, and their wood is used for several small wood crafting projects in Europe. Surprisingly, juniper berries aren�t berries at all; rather, they are cones produced by the female trees, round with smooth scales to create the appearance of a berry. This explains why these berries are not sweet and juicy, but bold and savory. For this reason, they are often crushed to produce a seasoning for meats. The tea made from juniper berries is strong and flavorful, creating a distinct and pleasantly-flavored herbal tea.