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Almond blossom special

Son Servera almond fair

blossoming almond tree

Everything's coming up almonds! Suddenly, as if from nowhere the thousands and thousands of almond trees which cover vast parts of the plain of Mallorca are becoming covered with pinky white blossom. I noticed a smattering of trees in bloom (Photos courtesy moi) on my morning power walk and it's a sure sign, that as always, by the end of the month the landscape will be a florally white snowlike sea of blossom.

Inspirational, and quite literally breathtaking to behold (as it was for me the first time I ever saw it) the blossom has much more than just aesthetic value, for the fruit which it heralds, the almond itself, is reputedly the best in the world.

The warm dry Mediterranean climate here means that the almonds themselves have a much higher fat content (in a good way) than almonds from other places and have a flavour all of their own. They are eaten roasted or salted, and also used to make milk, flour, soap, cosmetics, perfume, candles, and my favourite – almond liqueur!

Unsurprisingly, on an island of fairs and fiestas to celebrate almost everything, there's an almond fair taking place early next month in Son Servera, which itself is surrounded by almond trees in blossom during the proceedings of the 'Almond Blossom Fair XIV.'

It'll be held on Sunday 4th February from 09:30 until 14:30 in a wonderful setting, the grounds of a 13th century manor house, Ca s'Herau near the centre of the village and is absolutely free to get in. There, you'll find a large number of food booths related to almond tasting, organic cosmetics and perfume, creams and soaps, handicrafts made of wood or almond blossoms, almond scented candles, and a variety of local products.

There's also a display of old agricultural machinery, folk music and dancing, and of course you get to drive through miles and miles of beautiful blooming almond trees to get there! Why not pop in and purchase some nice gifts or souvenirs of your trip to Mallorca?