So what was so special about this shrubbery? Tarnina, most commonly known as ‘blackthorn’ in English, produces a dark purple plum-like fruit in autumn, which can be used to make wines, brandies and other alcohols. Apparently the cellars of Spycymir’s castle were full of wines and liqueurs made from tarnina fruit, and the tradition of making teas and alcoholic infusions from the plant continues today. Deep crimson in colour and purported to have medicinal properties such as regulating metabolism, settling the stomach, and eliminating toxins from the body, ‘Tarninówka’ brand tea and spirits have become a popular local product and city souvenir. Worth seeking out, you can try this ‘taste of Tarnów’ at many restaurants and cafes around town, or take it home with you by visiting any local alcohol shop. The tea is even available for purchase in the Tourist Information Centre (Rynek 7). Na zdrowie!