Medronho

medronho

What is Aguardente de medronho?

The Portuguese became very skilled in distilling the fruit in late winter, after weeks of fermentation, and create the famous Aguardente de Medronho. Only the yellow and red berries are perfect for making the local spirit, aguardente de Medronho. In the old days whole families walked through the serra to pick berries. It was a social happening.

How do you recognise a good medronho?

To recognise a good quality medronho you put a little amount of it on your hands, rub them together and smell. If you can smell the fruit after the alcohol evaporates, you can be sure to enjoy a good mendronho. And then you propose a toast: A nossa saude !

How is medronho made?

It takes between 7 and 10 kilograms of fruit (depending on the quality) to make 1 liter of medronho. The picked fruit is stored in barrels, sealed with a waterlock and has to ferment for approximately 2-3 months. The actual distillation takes place in a straight pipe alembic made from copper, heated by a slow fire.

Is medronho regulated?

The production of medronho has not been completely regulated, and though many distilleries have been licensed, some producers still operate illegally. The drink is typically clear and strong and is mainly enjoyed neat, preferably as a digestif.

What is the alcohol content of Aguardente de Medronhos?

The alcohol content of the beverage can vary; however, many bottles of Aguardente de Medronhos contain around 48% alcohol by volume. The beverage is consumed in shot-glass sized portions. ^ homedistillers.org.

Where do Medronho trees grow?

Medronho trees grow wild on the poor soils in rural regions of Portugal such as Lousã and the inner Algarve (in such places like Marmelete and São Marcos da Serra ).

How is medronho made?

It takes between 7 and 10 kilograms of fruit (depending on the quality) to make 1 liter of medronho. The picked fruit is stored in barrels, sealed with a waterlock and has to ferment for approximately 2-3 months. The actual distillation takes place in a straight pipe alembic made from copper, heated by a slow fire.

What is a medronho Berry?

It is a member of the Ericaceae family, which makes it a cousin of the heather and bilberry. Medronho berries have a high pectin content, which makes them very good for preparing jams and preserves.

What is medronho?

Medronho is one of the symbol of Monchique traditions and its picking on the hills has passed from generation to generation. Reaction to a first sip of Medronho....40 seconds.

Where do Medronho trees grow?

Medronho trees grow wild on the poor soils in rural regions of Portugal such as Lousã and the inner Algarve (in such places like Marmelete and São Marcos da Serra ).

How much medronho can I make?

Legally you are allowed to make 30 liters of medronho for your own use only. To recognise a good quality medronho you put a little amount of it on your hands, rub them together and smell. If you can smell the fruit after the alcohol evaporates, you can be sure to enjoy a good mendronho. And then you propose a toast: A nossa saude !

What is Aguardente de medronho?

The Portuguese became very skilled in distilling the fruit in late winter, after weeks of fermentation, and create the famous Aguardente de Medronho. Only the yellow and red berries are perfect for making the local spirit, aguardente de Medronho. In the old days whole families walked through the serra to pick berries. It was a social happening.

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