There is an air of mystery, mythological and magical about the spirits (spirits) that for centuries have always been considered as containing magical potions and a great reputation of elixir carriers for prolonged life and cure of diseases.
It is difficult to say where and when the first distillations of wine or other fermented beverages began to be made. However, it can be said that in ancient Egyptian times the art of distillation was already known.
The fig is considered a sacred fruit for the Jews. It is part of the seven foods that grow in the Promised Land, according to the Torah. For the Buddhists, the Ficus religious fig tree is venerated because, under one of them, Buddha would have attained his religious revelation. In ancient Greece, the fig was considered an important food and its export was prohibited.
The arbutus trees grow mainly on the slopes facing north of the mountains, because they are the wettest. Its fruit, a drupa of spherical form and red color when ripe, is harvested in the autumn and gives origin to the famous medronho of Monchique. Fruit from which is produced the aguardente de medronho.