Drawn to Quebec: Evergreen adaptations

Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2015

To this day, juniper berries flavour not just gin (which originated as genever, a spirit for treating sore muscles developed in the mid-1500s by a Dutch apothecary) but ales and other alcoholic beverages throughout Europe. The berries are also used in traditional teas and to flavour meats with strong characters, such as game meat.

Aside from March's Irish festivities, it can be hard to find green in our lives in midwinter. However, a number of plants have developed an array of adaptations to the rigours of winter that help ensure even snow-covered branches remain verdant.

Evergreen trees