Peruvian Peppertree (Anacardiaceæ)
The Schinus Molle, also known as the Peruvian Peppertree, Californian Pepper, false pepper, Pepperina, pirul, pepper tree, is a shrubby tree that is a native to South and Central America, and especially, the Peruvian Andes region.
As luck would have it, the tree does very well in the Mediterranean climate as well. You can find some fine specimens in Llucmajor, for instance, where I took this photo a few weeks ago.
In December and January, the tree carries an abundance of small red, or rather pink, berries.
Not only do these berries look nice, they also can be used as a condiment. They are sold as pink peppercorns, in some places. We use them quite a lot in our own cooking.
There are also, luckily for us, a myriad of medicinal properties that the tree offers, including its bark, fruit, leaves, resin and seeds, such as astringent, tonic, anti-viral, antibacterial, antiseptic, laxative and diuretic.