AGARITA RITA WINE (Dessert Wine)
A unique, southwestern native wine. In the southwestern United States, the Berberis Haematocarpa, called Algerita in Spanish and Agarita in Texas, grows as a shrub a few feet high and produces blood- red berries with a high acid content that ripen in mid to late spring.
These same plants are also called Mountain berry. Agaritas grow wild along fences and in brush country and are recognized by their resemblance to holly, with shiny leaves and red berries. Their prickly leaves discourage picking but they can be easily harvested by spreading an old sheet under the bush then hitting the bush with a stick.
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