The Aguardente de medronhos,
Portuguese firewater, is a strong, traditional fruit brandy, derived from the
fruit of the tree Medronho, Arbutus unedo, also called strawberry tree.
Medronho trees grow wild on poor soils in the rural regions of Portugal,
including Alentejo and the Algarve. There is no commercial plantation of trees
and fruits are mainly collected by local farmers by hand. Therefore, a good
Aguardente is not easy to find in supermarkets, but usually obtained directly
from the farmers. Alcoholic product