A kind of Autumn fruit

Arbutus Unedo, the strawberry tree, starts to produce its fruit in Autumn. A cluster of tiny bell shaped flowers appear first, and then the berries, which are used to make a fiery spirit, medronho. Use the slider to see both, in this, my penultimate KindaSquare. Becky has some lovely thoughts to share today. Don’t miss them!

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    1. That’s a good 4uestion, Carol. They have a very bland taste until distilled so you might expect so, but I didn’t see any evidence of that. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  1. Now I see the use of the slider and it worked quite well, Jo. I read that Europe is in lockdown again, although I don’t know what it will be like in Portugal. What a year it’s been! I hope despite everything, that you have a wonderful weekend. ❀

    janet

    1. I’ve been waiting for something I could effectively use the slider on, Janet, so I’m glad you felt this worked. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Not locked down exactly but there are more restrictions here. But I’ll do my best!

  2. I have not heard of or seen these before Jo. The colours are so vibrant. Would love to try the fiery spirit. Sounds like it could warm one on a chilly winter day.
    Hope all is well there Jo. xo

    1. The hills are full of them at the minute, LolaWi, so it’s no wonder the spirit is readily available. I prefer to admire the trees though πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks, hon!

  3. I’d love to try a glass of medronho. I don’t often drink spirits but I am game to try a new one (which is the reason why we have a relatively well stocked private bar at home: we buy a new bottle and about 10 years later we rediscover it, still half full). I’ve never heard of the strawberry tree. They kinda look like lychees, don’t they?

  4. The only place where I had a chance to see the Strawberry tree was in Dublin’s Botanical Gardens. I love its flowers and fruit. Thanks for sharing and have a good Friday ☺️ Aiva

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