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During the summer months demand for food in Majorca outstrips local supply, but from October onwards you can guarantee that whether you are eating avocado or xirimoias, they've probably come off your neighbour's tree.
The local Majorcan or as known in Majorca 'Mallorquin' dishes make full use of delicious local almonds, olives, walnuts, and the local tomato called Ramallet which is native to the island. Majorca (Mallorca) is rich in vegetables, so obviously vegetarians are well catered for. Below are a few of the things which you may wish to try during your holiday in Majorca.
Breakfast often includes an ensaimada - this is a delicious spiral yeast bun dusted with icing sugar. Attempts to make it off the island are never successful, as it is thought that the rising dough benefits from the sea air. That is what you may see many visitors carrying back in boxes from Majorcas Palma Airport!
For lunch try local grimalt cheeses, cocarrois - delicious pasties with various fillings, trampos - vegetable pizza slices, pa'amb oli - majorcan bread with garlic, tomato, olive oil and sometimes cured ham or cheese - highly recommended on our behalf - or perhaps in winter wholesome rice soups which come in a variety of flavours - seafood, vegetable, or even with chunks of the local sausages. Any real meat lovers may like to try sobrassada!
Famous main dishes include tumbet - a splendid vegetable dish, fideua - the local paella made with noodles rather than rice, sophisticated salt cod dishes, fresh fish dishes, pork loin in a majorcan sauce, pork wrapped in cabbage, suckling pig, numerous lamb dishes, cauliflower with raisins and pine nuts, pumpkin fritters, local mushroom dishes.
Another great majorcan dish is Tapas, which are different combinations of meats and vegetables in sauces, such as Meat Balls in a delicious spicy sauce, garlic mushrooms, battered squid rings known as Calamares, Croquets... If you would like a mixture of different Tapas, then just ask for a Tapas Variadas!!
It is often said that on an island with the tang of sea air, people can develop sweet tooths. Majorca caters to this. Dessert could be a slice of turron, nougat handmade from the local almonds. More substantial dishes include puding - a kind of cream caramel, and greixonera de brossat - a local cheese cake.
Seasonal fruit and nuts are very popular too. Having lived here on the island of Majorca for many years we have had the luxury of sampling many, if not all, of all these wonderful typical dishes, and all we can say is make the most of all aspects of your holiday here and get to those local bars and restaurants and sample the wonderful Majorcan Diet!