In the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is an island where the land distills its flavors thanks to a wide variety of traditional products that stand out for their richness. The nuances of Majorcan cuisine are endless and the colors on the menu, from main course to dessert without forgetting the finesse of the local wines, there is no doubt that no one will remain indifferent.
Ensaimada is one of the stars of the island’s gastronomy, one of the best-known products internationally. This spiral-shaped cake first appeared in writings in the 17th century, defined as one of the traditional Mallorcan sweets during celebrations and parties.
Mallorcan ensaimada is handmade in the island’s bakeries and its ingredients are typical of the basic Mediterranean diet.
There is a wide variety of ensaimadas, differing in size (from individual to the desired number of guests) and in flavors: plain or filled with cream, angel hair, chocolate, sobrassada or with cooked cream.
It is in itself a chapter in the history of the Island. The Mallorcan almond has been registered as a Protected Geographical Indication in Europe since 2014, and is marketed under the brand “Ametlla de Mallorca”.
The Mediterranean climate and the quality of the Majorcan soil make the almond one of the characteristic products of Mallorca. Whether it is confectionery, ice cream, nougat, salads or stews, the versatility of the almond allows it to be used in many dishes on the island.
In addition, the almond tree is the protagonist of one of the most beautiful natural scenes of the arrival of spring on the island. The flowering of the almond trees is a festival that adorns the fields with a tide of white and pink, creating an idyllic scene to photograph.
Another essential specialty of Majorcan gastronomy is sobrasada. This very tasty sausage is made from pork and spices such as paprika, which gives it its reddish color. It comes in different forms, it can be both sweet or bitter depending on factors such as maturation or the way it is attached.
The island’s winemaking tradition is evident in its two designations of origin, Binissalem and Pla i Llevant, which include wines made from grapes of local varieties. There are also wines protected by three different geographical indications: Vino de la Tierra de Mallorca, Vino de la Tierra Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord and Vino de la Tierra Illes Balears.
Mallorca benefits from an ideal location and climate to guarantee the excellent quality of its vines, and grows four different types of grapes to produce its high quality wines.
This elixir is made from an anise base, supplemented by herbs with digestive properties, such as fennel, rosemary and chamomile.
It was originally a preparation for medicinal purposes, but its consumption has become more popular over time. It is recommended to drink it in a small glass or cup to benefit from the concentration of the flavor.