Mallorca boasts an array of high quality locally designed and produced products that many consider world class. The flourishing local wine industry is a good example with more than 60 bodegas dotted around the island, a huge improvement in quality over the past ten years and now a buoyant exportation market around Europe.
Majorcan pearls are a sought after commodity and their fame stretching globally. Tony Mora cowboy boots are worn by celebrities and fashionistas alike and are manufactured in a small town in the center of the island, called Alaro.
Innovation meets tradition with many artisan food products being reinvented as ingredients for cooking – with new and interesting ways of using the likes of almonds and sea salt harvested locally.
We strongly believe in promoting local products so that we can support the artisan tradition and heritage of the island. When you have the opportunity – buy locally produced products and by so doing, you are supporting employment, agriculture and the economy locally – what could be more worthy of our support?
The island’s wine, fashion, and restaurants are gaining loyal customers not only amongst Mallorcans, but also the millions of tourists every year. Here we find out why. […] Local Products – An Asset Worth Promoting
High-quality imitation pearls – rather than mass tourism – first gave Mallorca global attention. For more than a century, these pearls have been handmade from organic, marine and natural elements, to a formula brought here in the early 1900s by Hugo Heusch, a German.
Sold worldwide, Majorica pearls are prized for their long-lasting natural appearance. More than 2,000 people were once employed in Manacor’s pearl factories, giving the agricultural town an important economic boost. Another well-known brand is Orquídea. The Mallorcan pearl is as pleasant on the skin as a genuine pearl and takes on the body’s heat. While nature very rarely brings forth completely round pearls, the polymerisation process facilitates their mass production. Lovers of genuine pearls, however, point out that the uniqueness of the oyster pearl is irreplaceable and its magic can never be obtained by imitations.
About “pearly chicks”: natural and artificial Mallorcan pearls. Find out about the history of pearls in Mallorca and why they are famous the world over. […] History of Mallorcan Pearls
Between January and February, coinciding with the flowering of the almond trees, the island of Mallorca takes on a spectacular beauty. […] Almond Blossom in Mallorca
We encourage you to try local specialties from Majorca: the famous ensaimada for breakfast, the quarto with a hot chocolate, coca for a snack, pa amb oli with dinner or quely biscuits when you are feeling peckish. There are an array of products made from almond, and top quality olive oil gourmet products. Citrus fruits from the valley of gold or home made ice-cream from fet-a-Soller is a must try!
The famous and much-prized “ensaïmada” is eaten for breakfast, as a snack, dessert or diet-busting treat (in a range of sizes). These yeasty pastries are sold all over the island, but fewer than 50 bakeries produce the Rolls Royce equivalent – the authentic ‘Ensaïmada de Mallorca’. Bakeries displaying the official registration plaque of the ‘Indicació Geogràfica Protegida Ensaïmada de Mallorca’ must adhere to strict quality guidelines.
There’s written evidence that “ensaïmadas” were eaten by the middle and upper classes back in 17th century Mallorca, but their origins are unknown. The Arabic word for pork lard – “saïm” – is at the root of the pastry’s name, and one theory is that their clockwise coiled shape was inspired by Moorish turbans.
The 20th century Catalan writer Josep Pla, described the “ensaïmada” as “the lightest, airiest and most delicate thing in this country’s confectionery.”
Mallorca is one of the most beautiful and fascinating islands in the Mediterranean – but for too many of Mallorca’s visitors its charms remain hidden, laments Ingrid Browning. […] Top 10 Favourite places and things to do in Mallorca
With more than four million almond trees on Mallorca, it’s not surprising that their extremely nutritious nuts pop up everywhere! They’re the principal ingredient in the delicious traditional “gató d’ametlles”- the moist flour-free cake usually eaten with ice-cream made from . . . yes, almonds. California tops the almond-producing league table (Spain’s in second place), but Mallorcan almonds are considered the world’s finest.
The subtly-fragranced pink and white almond blossom is a tourism bonus: many people come here in January and February to enjoy the spectacle of rural orchards decked in a ‘snow’ of fragrant delicate petals.
The Mallorcan almond company Ametlla+ is a prize winning company that produces natural & healthy almond products based on traditional recipes but adapted to our busy lifestyles.
[…] Mallorcan Almonds by Ametlla+
Mallorca is becoming renowned for its delicious natural and flavoured sea salt – a gift from the Mediterranean.
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Eaten in some form since the Middle Ages, it’s made from best quality minced raw pork, sweet paprika, cayenne pepper and salt, and then left to hang from a rack to cure. The sobrassada was the first pork sausage product in the whole of Spain to be awarded DO status. Sobrassada is popular spread thickly on country bread, but also used in cooking for flavour enhancement.
Oranges and Lemons
Orange production is important to the island’s economy – especially in Sóller’s “Valley of Gold”. The wealth of the delightful town came from its orange trade with France at the turn of the 19th century, and many Sóllerics went with the oranges in search of prosperity. They returned with money and a taste for the French Art Nouveau style – evident in some of the town’s architectural heritage.
The town of Sóller is one of the most beautiful in Mallorca. It is paradise for hikers and cyclists, gourmet lovers and a desirable option to live. Her is your complete guide to Sóller. […] Sóller
Mallorca, and in particular Sóller, have many strong connections to France. Find out the history of why there are so many oranges groves in Sóller today… […] Mallorca’s French Connections
Mallorca’s superb apricots are widely used in patisserie and desserts (such as ensaïmadas and coca); they’re rich in iron and fibre, and help control cholesterol. Can Parrí in Porreres is a family firm using artisan skills to produce delicious plump dried apricots.
An American family who moved to their relatives estate in the hills overlooking the magnificent bay of Pollenca. The Barratt-Brown family describe their new way of life in Mallorca. […] Conserving Tradition
Literally, made in Sóller: ice cream from “Sa Fàbrica de Gelats”, charcuterie products (pork again!) from “La Luna” and organic jams and preserves from non-profit-making “Estel Nou”, which provides employment for local disabled people.
Franz Kraus ex-general manager in the international food industry came to Mallorca and established the now famous ice cream factory “Sa Fábrica” in Sóller […] From Sóller with love
Salt was harvested in the Es Trenc area of Mallorca when the Phoenicians were here. But it was in 2003 that this gift from the sea became a commercial success, when Katja Wöhr and Robert Chaves began hand-harvesting it from the island’s salt flats, in the way it was originally done on the French Atlantic coast. Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc is completely natural and unrefined, with several health benefits. When chef Marc Fosh added flavourings such as hibiscus, black olive, spices and herbs to the salt, its gourmet status was sealed.
Flor de Sal d’es trenc was the first to make salt from Mallorca famous, with the vision and drive of a very special lady at the helm. Read Katja Wöhr’s story here. […] Flor de Sal d’es trenc
Revered for its health benefits, Mallorca’s extra virgin oil has DO status and is made from the “arbequina” or “picual” varieties. Soil and climate conditions (particularly the sea breezes) and the age of the trees – some around 500 years old – result in traditionally-made oils with distinctive characteristics. Mallorca’s “Solevillas Virgen Extra” is considered one of the world’s best. The island’s brine-preserved olives are usually nibbled with “sobrassada” and the bread-and-oil combo pa amb oli.
Wine from Mallorca
In 1891, almost 50 millon litres of Mallorcan wine left our ports for France and the peninsula but, shortly afterwards, the island’s vineyards suffered the phylloxera plague. Vines were replaced by almond trees, as a new revenue source. But Mallorca’s heritage of wine-making has seen viniculture revived – and in fine style. Today, there are two protected DO wine producing areas – Binissalem and Pla i Llevant – although wines are produced all over the island, in dozens of bodegas. Local grape varieties include Manto Negro, Callet, and Premsal Blanc. Increasingly, Mallorca’s wines are being exported and garlanded with top wine awards.
Jaume Mesquida in Porreres has become the first island winery to introduce biodynamic viticulture. Jaume and Bàrbara Mesquida Mora (fifth generation of the family bodega) believe that to understand the present, it is necessary to know the past – and then create a new future. They’ve painstakingly reintroduced traditional methods of viticulture.
At the age of 11, Frank Maruccia used to work at his uncle’s vineyard, and decided that one day he would produce his own wine. Eloísa Kassai pursues the story of a child’s dream that came true. […] Frank Maruccia: The Winemaker
Several Mallorcan bodegas are choosing a greener path to wine production. Jan Edwards looks at one winery that’s embraced considerable change. […] Red, White, Rose… and Green
The bright green liqueur served at the end of a traditional Mallorcan meal – has been recognised for its health benefits since the 13th century. The aniseed-flavoured drink is made with island herbs, including mint, rosemary, fennel and myrtle, and is available in sweet, dry and medium varieties.
Túnel is the best-known brand of hierbas – and also a recognised name in the competitive cycling world, with their own team competing in the Balearics, Spanish and World Masters Championships, wearing the distinctive Túnel strip. At around 22º proof, though, a glass of “hierbas” isn’t a recommended tipple for anyone travelling on two wheels!
Angel d’Or was launched as a new product a few years ago, as a way of using the Can Posteta estate’s overwhelming bounty of oranges. The rapid success of this relatively new orange liqueur owes something to the fact that the estate owners also have a company promoting and marketing alcoholic products. Restaurants and bars in and around Sóller use the golden liqueur in their cocktails and culinary creations.
Inca is the leather capital of Mallorca: home of factories and stores selling locally produced footwear, bags and ladies and men’s garments, and well-known brands such as Camper, Barratts, Lotusse and Farrutx.
Camper (the Catalan word for ‘peasant’) was born in Inca in 1975 – but with a heritage of more than a century of footwear craftsmanship over four generations of the Fluxà family. Winner of the 1998 Spanish National Design Award, they also operate sustainable development and social commitment programmes. Camper stands for more than just comfortable, creative shoes: its innovative marketing campaigns and revolutionary retailing have helped make it Mallorca’s best-known brand – with more than 150 distinctive Camper stores in over 70 countries.
Those who wear Camper shoes know they are not simply wearing leather on their feet but a piece of shoe history which has become internationally famous for producing snazzy designs season after season. […] Camper in Mallorca
In 1940, in Lloseta family firm began to make boots. Today, Bestard Mountain Boots are worn all over the world by walkers, mountaineers and adventurers. Advanced technology and meticulous quality control measures result in high quality. Bestard has an advisory team of professional mountaineers, who test and provide feedback on new design prototypes – often under extreme conditions, such as climbing Chilean volcano Puyehue!
Perhaps surprisingly, the world’s top cowboy boot manufacturer isn’t based in Texas – but in Alaró! Tony Mora was established in 1918 and their stylish boots – described as “walking works of art” – are distributed in 27 countries. Tony Mora boots are also sold in their exclusive store in New York City. Made by master craftsmen, from a variety of farmed skins, they’re double-stitched for long life, and their soft cork insole moulds to the shape of the wearer’s feet, making them feel almost custom-made. The Tony Mora philosophy is: ‘a customer is a friend’ – their many celebrity friends include Bruce Springsteen!
The world famous Tony Mora cowboy boots are made in Alaró, Mallorca. We meet the owner Tolo Cardell who speaks about their successful domination of the western boots. […] Tony Mora Cowboy Boots
Adopt a local look for your home decoration by using some of the traditional fabric still produced on Mallorca – you will be surprised how on trend these home textiles are and how expensive it is per meter! Glass and ceramic ornaments are a long tradition and there are factories which you can visit today and see how the products are made. Bring home a piece of Mallorca with you.
The distinctive geometric-patterned fabric that’s graced the homes of generations of Mallorcans is an artisan product known as ‘tela de lenguas’ (‘roba de lleng?es’ in Catalan). In Santa María del Camí, Artesanía Textil Bujosa has been hand-weaving ‘cloth of tongues’ since 1949, using traditional patterns and methods, natural fibres and dyes. The company’s workshop has seen three generations of the same family.
Teixits Vicens in Pollença is also family-run. Near their premises, the Martí Vicenç Museum (open summer only) exhibits these traditional fabrics.
The Phoenicians were the first to produce glass here, but the Moorish influence resulted in the rich colours and ornamental touches of today’s Mallorcan glassware. The skills of local glass-blowers were boosted in 1600 when an Italian glassmaker – who’d been virtually kept prisoner on the island of Murano – escaped to Mallorca, bringing the secrets of Venetian glass. The island’s most famous glass is the rose window of Palma’s Cathedral.
Ceramics and Siurells
The village of Pòrtol, in Marratxí, is the centre of the ceramics industry and filled with studios where master potters produce the economical earthenware cooking pots and crockery, favoured by Mallorcan housewives. Less useful are “siurells”: the quirky red and green-dotted white clay figures – in the forms of men, women or animals – incorporating a hard-to-play whistle. Their origin is unclear, but one theory is that they were a flirting tool: if a young man gave one to a young lady and she dropped it to the ground, his luck was out; if she blew the whistle, his chances were good!
It’s time to ditch and switch – plastic carrier bags for a sturdy local straw basket, woven from the leaves of the Balearics’ native dwarf palm. The Capdepera and Artà region is renowned for its basket weavers, many of whom work from home producing useful items like shopping and storage baskets, mats and hats.
Discover why the island’s rural heartland is worth a visit and how to make the most of your time in Mallorca’s countryside, villages, and market towns.
[…] The Country Guide to Mallorca
In recent years, bio, eco and organic have become watchwords for an increasingly environmentally-aware Mallorca: Our detailed guide to all things ECO. […] Eco-Mallorca
Spend a whole morning wandering around Mercat de l’Olivar, browsing, buying, and soaking up the atmosphere over a snack or drink. […] A Morning at the Market