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Eat and drink like a local in Mallorca

Mallorca is an island meant to be savored. Its gastronomy is rich, diverse and appealing to all kinds of palates. The ensaimadas, sobrasada, tumbet… are some of the island’s most popular and traditional dishes. But there is much more, and you need to know where to go in order to have a taste of the authentic Mallorcan flavor.

To get to understand the gastronomic richness of the island, it´s key to take a look first at its geography, since it influences the development of agriculture and livestock. For starters, the sierra offers the ideal climate to make crops. Also, the plains are the perfect place for breeding native species. And finally, the sea provides unique treasures.

All this diversity has led to a varied and tasty cuisine. Some of the traditional dishes have been so successful that they’ve crossed borders and are prepared and served in many places, far from the peninsula. Mallorca might be small, but it has everything.

Sausage

To begin with, one of the most popular Mallorcan products is sobrasada. It comes from the black pig, native of the island and “cousin” of the Iberian pig. Sobrasada is a type of sausage made from selected meats flavored with salt, paprika and black pepper. It’s recommended to try it over brown bread and with a bit of good virgin olive oil.

Bakery

From the pork also comes the saïm, a kind of butter that is the basic ingredient for producing most of the traditional bakery on the island: ensaimadas, panades and rabiols. Of all of these, the most popular is the ensaimada. It´s made with flour, water, sugar, eggs, dough and lard. At the end of the process you´ll get a delicious sweet dough that was already made on the island in the seventeenth century.

Vegetarian dish

The Mallorcan orchards were the birthplace of the Tumbet, a vegetarian dish made with local ingredients. It´s produced with eggplants and potatoes to which they add a sauce made from ripe tomatoes, oil, garlic and salt. A light and fresh dish, ideal for the island’s summer.

Meat

Combining the richness of the orchard and the native black pig, mallorcans created the “Frito Mallorquín”. This is the island’s iconic dish and one of the oldest recipes known. It is a delicious meal with lean meat, livers, potatoes, red peppers, onions, fennel, peas, garlic, salt and olive oil. No one can say it´s not a complete dish!

Fish

Regarding the fish, Rao, Jonquillo and Serviola are the local highlights. All of them are very appreciated on the islands and have great flavor. It doesn’t matter how you want them prepared, they’ll be delicious.

Wines

Last but not least, we need to talk about the wines. The island cultivates grapes that give birth to high quality wines. In fact, the Gourmets Wine Guide of 2016, gave a special mention to four wines of Mallorca that obtained a score above 90.

Two of them are aged red wines: AN of 2012, from Bodegas Ánima Negra and Pedra de Binissalem Negre, from José Luis Ferrer Wines. The other two are white wines: Chardonnay 2014, from Vins Toni Gelabert and Sa Vall Private Selection 2011, from Vins Miquel Gelabert.

Now that you know what to order to taste Mallorca´s real flavor, you just need to go to the right places. Los Patos is a family-run business specialized in local gastronomy, at Restaurante Sa Roqueta you will be able to try all the delights that come from the sea and Ca’n Lluc will surprise you with their daily menus based on traditional homemade food.

Dare to explore the culture of the island through its gastronomy. Close your eyes, savor and discover what Mallorca tastes like.

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