Kharmag ( Nitraria)
Kharmag , which has bright red color similiar to that of cowberry , is widely used by local people in preparation of tasty alcoholic beverages and wines. Given that the underground water is close it can grow anywhere even though the surrounding area may be dying of drought . Remember not to come too close to it as you can easily get stabbed by its spine .
Be careful when picking up its berries. Notwithstanding its sour taste people in the Gobi area would serve it together with dairy products . It is also worth trying wine that is prepared from goyo- a plant that grows close to kharmag .