We’ll always have gin
GIN lovers rejoice! The future of the spirit is safe; last week, the UK National Tree Seed Project announced it had collected seeds of juniper plants for preservation: gin’s key ingredient, they will be stored at the Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst, West Sussex.
Although the popularity of gin has been increasing, the seeds themselves have recently come under threat from a deadly funguslike organism, Phytophthora austrocedri. Storage won’t cure the disease, but will safeguard a source of juniper. In this increasingly uncertain world, it’s good to know that, whatever happens, we can always have a gin and tonic. JF