First we eat. Then we do everything else.
A Little History of Families and Food Here #
Talking of Mediterranean cuisine, your first thought might be: fish and seafood. But this is only part of the story. The delicacies of the sea have played a major role in the coastal areas for millennia with a local population of fishermen.
Further inland (and we are talking about no more than a few kilometres here), the traditional Mallorcan way of cooking has always been a rural one with an emphasis on the hearty and the savory – kohl and legumes as well as pork and rabbit being high on the Mallorquin housewives' shopping lists.
As most families in the countryside own their own huerto or vegetable garden, and most others buy their vegetables and other foodstuffs fresh from the market, recipes for dishes vary depending on what is in season.
Read the articles of this ULTIMATE GUIDE to find out everything you need to know about Mallorcan ways of eating.
Eat Like a Local
One of the most special things Mallorca has is a scrumptious menu of foods choices either found only here, or are recipes from elsewhere, but with a Mallorquin twist. Here are some of the best, and best-known.
Cheese is one of the things that makes life worth living, says our writer Stephanie Horsman. So, when she moved to Mallorca she made it her business to find out what’s what.
Olives are as ubiquitous in Spain as tea is in China, but did you know Mallorca boasts three species of olives, each producing fruit a bit different than the run-of-the-mill olives you get in your martini? Read on to find out all the facts.
Pa amb Oli
Bread, Ramallet tomatoes and a very good olive oil is all you need to be in Culinary Heaven.
Many Influences #
Variation seems to be the basic theme of the Mallorcan way of eating in a more general way. The island has always been a place of many influences. In ancient times, the Romans, Moors and North Africans brought their foods and flavours. The locals did not only copy them but adapted them to make them their own.
Find out all you need to know about Mallorca's famous "Sobrasada," the Catalan "Butifarra" and all the other sausage varieties you'll encounter on this island.
From Esclata-sang to Picornells and more, here's a guide to Mallorca's varieties.
The island's answer for an easy meal.
Flavors Evolve #
Of course, the Catalans and Spanish mainlanders left their traces, too. And more recently, it has been Mallorca's lively international Expat scene with their diversity of culinary customs who have inspired chefs to leave well-trodden paths and tickle every foodie's taste buds with surprising new creations.
The truth is that Mallorca's cuisine was never set in stone. Yes, it is traditional. But it can also be creative and new and astonishingly delicate, too.
Mallorca's famous "dirty" rice - - a dish that warms the body and soul.
Come Sunday or the Village's Saint's Day, locals love to gather around a fire with family and friends for a big meal.
Mallorca's Artisanal Almond Ice Cream
Delicious year round, the flavor let's you know you are on Mallorca. Try with almond tart for the perfect local dessert.
Tapas Time: Cooking Classes in Palma
Mallorca has cooking studios that cater only to teaching how to make tapas. Great for a group event or to make new friends.
A Matanza on Mallorca
Strictly a non-vegetarian experience – join a Mallorcan family in a traditional "Killing the Pig" ritual.
Hierbas Nectar of the Gods
If the world falls down around you, collect local herbs and make anise-flavored Nectar.
To Wrap This Up #
We've only included a few of our top articles and posts. For more about what makes Mallorca's Foods and Drinks unique, check out more here >> Food & Drink. Make sure to scroll to the end of this article for related links we think you might find tantalizing. And, remember what they say:
The way to a man's (or woman's, pet's or friend's) heart is through his stomach.
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By Ulla Rahn-Huber
4 May, 2021