The typical flavour of Tiroler Speck PGI
For hundreds of years, juniper has been used in producing speck – and today we do just the same.
Juniper grows throughout Tyrol and has long been part of North Tyrolean cuisine as an aromatic herb. The traditional berries with their woody yet fresh taste promote the development of the flavour while the meat is smoking and help create the classic flavour of Tiroler Speck PGI.
The herb has long been said to have healing powers. In the Middle Ages, tinctures made from juniper were rubbed on sore joints to ease the pain.
- In the 18th century, forks made from juniper wood were still used to churn butter to keep away evil spirits.
- Today, juniper is thought to promote the metabolism and circulation in its form as an essential oil.
- As a tea, it helps to cleanse the kidneys and eases chronic bladder inflammation.
- As a herb, juniper stimulates the appetite and makes dishes easier to digest.