Almond trees in bloom
One of the most beautiful natural sights in Mallorca is the vista of the many almond trees of the island in bloom. It's a spectacle that happens every year, normally around the end of January and beginning of February as the almond buds burst into pinky-white blossom.
So many trees are there – around 5 million at an estimate – that it appears that the island is covered in snow – in fact many locals call the blossom 'Mallorcan snow.' This year, despite a dangerous epidemic of 'xylella fastidiosa' which damaged many trees, the blossom has appeared early.
Botanist boffins reckon that the blossom is appearing around one month in advance because of the very warm December we experienced here which brought unseasonal beach weather during the Christmas festivities.
If you are lucky enough to be in Mallorca now or in the next few weeks, get out into the country and prepare to have your breath taken away by the spectacular (and I mean that most sincerely) sight of ranks and ranks of trees in blossom.
Apart from the blossom looking beautiful, 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 IX.'
It'll be held on Sunday 2nd 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?