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“A familiar sight of an old Almond Tree growing on the roadside”

“A familiar sight of an old Almond Tree growing on the roadside”

Mallorca is a spectacularly beautiful island, not just because it benefits from warm sunshine for around three hundred days of every year and of course its stunning beaches, but because of the natural beauty of its countryside and the abundant harvest of delicious fruits and nuts that has remained unchanged over the centuries.

When the Arabs conquered the Island in 902 they introduced improved irrigation systems and as a result Mallorcan harvests were greatly enhanced in the following centuries.  Apple, pears, cherries and peaches, apricots and pomegranates were already grown on the Island but flourished in the resulting more fertile soil.  Later Spanish and Portuguese explorers travelled the world and brought back with them pineapples, grapefruit, lemons, clementine’s and mandarins.  Other fruits such as the loquat, figs and melons also thrive on the Island.

The sweet orange with its fragrant aroma was introduced into Mallorca by the Portuguese in the early 1500´s and today the Island is covered in citrus fruit groves, in particular in the sheltered valleys of Soller, Andratx and Valldemossa.

‘The Valley of Gold´ near Soller, so called because the valley is literally covered in hundreds of rows of fragrant orange and lemon trees.  This spectacle is enjoyed by thousands of people each year who journey on the ‘orange express´, a tram ride from central Palma to the Port of Soller.

Almond and Olive trees can be seen everywhere on the Island, either growing naturally or cultivated in fields.  It is estimated that there are around 5 million almond trees growing on the Island.  A highlight every year is the blossoming of the almond trees, generally from February onwards when wonderful pink and white blossoms cover the Island.  The Mediterranean climate and low water content means Mallorcan almonds have a higher fat content than almonds from other countries and have a sweeter flavour.

“Oranges grow in abundance naturally everywhere on the Island”

“Oranges grow in abundance naturally everywhere on the Island”

In Mallorca the planting and harvesting of fruit and nuts has remained unchanged over the centuries and farmers still use the same traditional techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation.  Almonds are harvested in late summer either by simply knocking the branches of the tree with sticks and gathering the nuts on nets that are laid out on the ground beneath.  Nowadays farmers are more likely to share a specially designed tractor unit that has an umbrella like mechanism that surrounds the tree trunk, gently shaking it resulting in the nuts falling down into the machine.

It is this abundance of succulent, delicious produce that has inspired us to form a ‘Sweet Taste of Mallorca´.  We believe passionately in sourcing fresh seasonal produce locally so that we can hand pick our fruit and nuts for their quality and taste.  Our aim is to produce delicious confectionery using the best quality produce to give our customers a truly sweet taste of Mallorca….