The summer heat is finally cooling a little on the island of Mallorca and the beautiful September season of the almond harvest is about to start. Majorca has been famed for its almonds for centuries and due to their distinctive extra sweet flavour and higher healthy fat content, they are considered some of the finest in the world. There are thought to be 5 million almond trees on the island, a natural source of revenue for this tourist paradise so when you tour the island you’ll see the fields of almond trees being harvested. Traditionally almonds are shaken down from the trees using long poles to be caught in nets on the ground below but often now you will see a mechanical harvester shaking the almonds into what looks like a huge inverted umbrella. You’ll appreciate all the hard work when you try the delicious, lightly roasted and spiced Mallorcan almonds.
Whilst the delights of the beautiful pinky white almond blossom season can be marvelled at in late January, early February on the island, September is almond harvest time and the perfect time to plan your visit to the Son Julia Country House Hotel. Not only does almond oil, which is high in vitamin E have fantastic skin care benefits, it is used in soaps, perfumes and many other toiletries produced on Mallorca. When you return home from your holiday and spritz your sweet almond cologne Flor d’Ametler, close your eyes and the scent will take you back to the Paradise Island and sunny September.
The distinctive Mallorcan almond is of course featured in many of the traditional Mallorcan culinary delights with which you can spoil yourself, such as gató d’ametlles, a soft, flour-free cake, which allows coeliacs to enjoy a worry free treat. To continue the theme, another delight not to be missed is the traditional granizado de almendra, a subtle almond flavoured drink. On your visit to Palma, Mallorca’s stunning capital city, why not search out the enchantingly traditional café Ca’n Joan de S’aigo where glasses of almond ice cream can cool you down as they delight your taste buds.
One of the special municipalities of Mallorca where almonds are collected is also where you will find our stunning 15th century Boutique Hotel in Llucmajor, only 20 minutes by car from Palma. If you are one of the fortunate ones who choose this 5 star hotel set in its own grounds and 300 year old gardens, you will be entranced by the surroundings and exquisite foods on offer. The gourmet standard restaurant boasts ‘fresh from the market’ produce served in an idyllic setting overlooking the Son Julia Vineyard, where you will be able to sample some of these almond inspired delights when sampling the Mediterranean menus with an Asian twist.
With the harvest September brings the culmination of all the effort that the Mallorcan people have put into the growing of their almond crops. However if you had wanted to experience one of the hidden secrets of Mallorca you would have needed to come a little earlier. There is the little known traditional festival in mid to late July where the tiny town of Petra is taken over by an Almond festival called Ses Clovelles. Celebrating the almond industry of Mallorca, this day long event sees tons of almond shells poured from balconies onto crowds of revellers on the streets below, the whole town dressed in green and waiting for the eventual town-wide water fight to break out. Next year when you come to Mallorca a little earlier, remember to purchase your water pistol in advance to ensure you don’t arrive unprepared!
Almonds aren’t however the only things on offer in September in Mallorca. The children have gone back to school and the numbers of tourists have thinned on the beautiful Mallorcan beaches but the weather continues to be kind and allows you to indulge in all your desired sunshine holiday activities while relaxing in the luxurious Son Julia hotel.