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juniper berries
These Juniper berries are not really berries. What are they?

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Juniper berries are actually female cones, just as pine cones are. The male cones, which produce pollen, are very tiny and brown. The "berry" or female cone contains a single seed. Just as a pine cone has woody scales that surround the seeds, the Juniper cone has fleshy scales that merge together to form a soft covering for the seed. That makes it look like a berry, even though it is not.