In Germany and indeed in other countries too, special trips to Mallorca are organised just to see the important scenic values of the almond blossom on Mallorca. The main area of almond production on the island is in the center of the island, particularly Marratxí, Bunyola, Santa Maria, Sencelles, Lloseta and Selva amongst others. This region, due to its microclimate is the most productive of Mallorca.
The southwest also deserves special mention and the municipalities of Manacor, Sant Llorenç and Son Servera. Nevertheless, there are almond trees all over the island. The Mediterranean climate and the dry farming crop system gives the Mallorcan almonds their unique characteristics. Its sweet taste, a greater content of proteins, fatty acids and carbohydrates, make this a universally desired product, used in a great variety of foods.
The almond crop is collected between the end of August and beginning of September. Nowadays nearly all the harvest is carried out mechanically via machines that have large pincers that surround the trunk and shake the tree to make the ripe fruit fall down. However, on Mallorca, there are many small cultivations and there are still people who pick the crop by hand, hitting the branches with long sticks.
The almond blossom holds a powerful beauty, a delicate femininity, and a gracefulness that is infatuating. There is a magnificent from the abundance of the blossom and yet the allurement is in the subtleness of the beauty of the individual flower with its mix of fuchsia border to its gradients of white to soft powder pinks, its yellow stem and deep coloured centre.
More about the Almond Blossom on Mallorca
The 9th annual Almond Blossom fair takes place on the 4th of February in Son Servera. A large offering of local products made from almonds as well as music and fun.