Strawberry trees exist in interspersed places of the island. A great number of them lie in “koumarodasos” (Strawberry tree forest) in the area of Gerakari among pine trees, stone pine trees and eucalyptus. The area is very beautiful around Christmas due to the color feast of the berries (varying from light yellow to dark red). Its fruits are edible and they are used for the production of exquisite raki. It is an important bee plant due to its flowering period helping beehives make enough reserve to get through winter. Scientific Name: Arbutus unedo Family: Ericaceae Kythera Name: Koumaria Name in other places of Greece: Koumaria, Agriokoumaria, Mavrokoumaria, Glystrokoumaria, Lagomilia Collection: The plant leaves are collected all year round and its fruits are collected in autumn. Properties: Strawberry tree is tonic herb. Strawberry tree leaves are diuretic and antiseptic. They are palliative for conditions in urinary tracts (cystitis, pyelonephritis, prostate hypertrophy, blennorrhea urethritis). They are indicated also as a haemostatic agent for conditions like haematuria and uterine hemorrhages. Their fruit is indicated in cases of constipation and aerophagy because it reduces intestines and therefore facilitates the exhaustion of gases. Fruit is also used against staphylococcus on skin abscesses and pimples.