134[Fwd: Arbutus unedo, The Strawberry Tree]
- Apr 2, 2002An interesting comment added to the database.
> Júlio Reis (julio_reis@...) added the comment:from the fruit of this tree, which would translate as "strawberry tree
> In Portugal, they make an alcoholic beverage called "medronheira"
firewater". It's very alcoholic but very aromatic, can be used in cakes,
or it can be sipped in (preferably) small quantities, like port.
> The fruit itself is delicious, at least to my palate. There are<a href="http://www.dipbot.unict.it/orto/0026-1.html">flower, leaf and
fruit pictures here</a>.
> Widespread in Portugal, very hardy, not grown ornamentallythat I know of. Occurs naturally in "maquis" habitat
(mediterranean thick shrub forest), associated with oak, misletoe and
other trees/shrubs 3-4 metres tall, or isolated.
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