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Mallorca Gastro Trip: Olis Soller

Mallorca's spectacular Sierra Tramuntana region is home to some of the island's most beautiful scenery

Mallorca's spectacular Sierra Tramuntana region is home to some of the island's most beautiful scenery; pine clad hills, vertiginous cliffs, snow capped peaks and the most picturesque towns and
villages in Spain. It's also a fertile agricultural area and where fine products for the local gastronomy are cultivated; oranges, lemons, olives and grapes.

The Soller valley, between the town of Soller itself (think Modernism, antique trams and great shops) and the picture-postcard-pretty village of Fornalutx, has also been the home of the Cooperativa
Agrícola Sant Bartomeu de Sóller since 1899.

Here, some of Mallorca's finest olive oil – Olis Soller – is made under strict quality control and the Denomination of Origin “Aceite de Mallorca.”  This ensures the quality of the oil is maintained and
is one of the reasons why it is now much sought after way beyond the shores of Mallorca!

Just like wine, the flavour of the oil depends very much on the type of olive and where it was cultivated, with the soil and weather all playing a part. Here in Mallorca most oil is made from three
types of olive; Mallorquina, Arbequina and Picual. They all have distinct flavours and the coupage – the mix – will imbue the oil with tastes on the tongue such as nut, banana, artichoke, apple,
tomato, fennel, fig and mint!

The cooperative is open on weekdays from 08.30 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 19.00 and from May to October on Saturdays from 09.00 to 13.00 when you can visit the on site shop to taste, try and buy, not
only the lovely Olis Soller Oil, but oranges, lemons, olives, jams and pastes! However, the best time to visit is from November to January when the olives have been harvested and the oil is being
produced, sadly in a much more clinical, modern process than back in 1899!

You can find the San Bartomeu cooperative on the road from Soller to Fornalutx –
Carretera de Fornalutx 8 – or visit their website, unfortunately all in Catalan, by clicking the link. For more information on local produce in Soller,  see our news article on "/news/2013/soller_industry.htm">Fet a Soller.