It’s that time of the year again, time to welcome the most spectacular natural phenomenon in Europe, namely the blossom of the almond trees on Mallorca.
The almond trees blossom from late January to the beginning of March, covering the surface in a duvet of white and pink silky leaves with a feminine scent. The nature on Mallorca call for walkers, cyclists and other outdoor junkies, who are in for a special treat.
Almond fair 2018 in Son Servera
On February 4th, the traditional annual almond fair is held in the cozy little village of Son Servera on the Mallorcan east coast. The almond fair is known to be one of the most interesting fairs on the Mallorcan cultural scene, a true audience magnet. Other fairs with such attention includes the olive fair in Caimari in November and the Apricot fair in Porreres.
The almond fair start at 9:30 in the morning and will continue until 14:30. During the day, you can browse through the many stalls and booths sampling local products made from, and with, almonds like sweet pastries, jams and delicious pates.
At 12:00h, come enjoy the dancing group, Sa Ravetla, perform a series of traditional Mallorcan dances called “Cases de CA s’Hereu”.
Why almond trees are special on Mallorca
Mallorca is home to more than 7 million almond trees spread all over the island. Almonds has been cultivated on Mallorca for centuries, they were brought here by the Romans who found the almonds in Egypt where they had been cultivated and used probably all the way from 4,000 BC.
Almonds was used as a snack by sailors and traders who crossed country borders during long journeys, as the nut already at that time was known as a nutritious and saturating commodity. However, already back then almonds was a very expensive commodity and normally preserved for the richest people.
On Mallorca, the first almond trees was planted by Romans who conquered the island about 123 BC, after centuries with 3 Punic wars. However, the many large plantations of almond trees you see today wasn’t there until the beginning of the 20th century. As you may have heard, Mallorca, and the rest of southern Europe, was in the late 19th century brutally attacked by phylloxera, that led to the complete destruction of all of Mallorca’s vineyards. To compensate for the lost income, farmers of Mallorca planted these almond trees in large plantations to supply income coming from export of olive oil, figs and oranges.
The almond has during the last century grown to become one of the most remarkable sources of income to the agricultural Mallorca, and therefore very important to pay tribute to.
Boosting your health with almonds
Almonds are not just great tasting little snacks that you can use for marzipan, they are actually real life savers and health boosters.
Almonds contain high concentrates of vitamin B and E, thus a wide range of antioxidants and monounsaturated fat acids makes almonds extremely effective and healthy for your immune defense and digestive system.
Some of the main benefits of almonds include:
- Prevention of overeating and unnecessary snacking due to the great saturation feeling they provide.
- Fights cancer because of the concentration of gamma-tocopherol, which functions as an extremely powerful antioxidant.
- Help control your blood sugar by slowing down the rate at which glucose is released into the bloodstream, which results in a stable sugar level that prevents diabetes.
- Maintains your brain activity and prevents cognitive decline, due to the rich level of riboflavin and L-carnitine vitamins.
- Prevents heart deceases because the monounsaturated fat acids actively helps in keeping your artery walls clean, stimulates your blood pressure and supply you with good cholesterol.