Went with the family for a picnic at the "Montes de Malaga" today. To our delight we found that the "Madroño" trees (Arbutus Unedo) or Strawberry tree in English, are in season. Apart from picking a few as a trail snack I also got some great pictures. I was surprised to find that the flowers and the ripe fruit were on the trees at the same time.
I got pictures of the Strawberry tree fruit at various stages of development like the green ones below.I found that the best time to pick the fruit was when it reached a dark red color like the first image above. At that point the fruit literally drops into your hand.
The taste of the Strawberry tree fruit is hard to describe . It is sweet and soft but with some small seeds.I´ve been told that if you eat to many of this fruit in one sitting you can get a bit tipsy from them.
Relatives of this tree include the Greek Strawberry tree and the Hybrid Strawberry tree.