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EVOO with Flavor of Mallorca

Salvador Galindo

Mallorca's Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a culinary jewel of the island, where tradition and flavor come together in every drop, offering an unforgettable gastronomic experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Mediterranean region, the cradle of the olive tree, is a veritable mosaic of varieties of this revered tree. Along the sunny coasts and on the islands bathed by the sea, each region brings its own character to the diversity of the olive tree. Here is an overview of some of the most outstanding varieties:

Spain is home to more than 200 varieties of olive tree, a titan in the world of olive oil. The “Picual”, famous for its intense flavour and high stability, dominates above all in Jaén. Not forgetting the “Hojiblanca”, known for its slightly spicy flavour, and the “Arbequina”, a small but powerful variety that is appreciated for its fruity taste.

Arbequina, fruktig smak med inslag av äpple och mandel

Ah, the Arbequina! A small but mighty olive variety, known for its great contribution to the world of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Let’s immerse ourselves in the magical world of this small but mighty olive.

Hidden origins. The Arbequina, which has its roots in the town of Arbeca in Catalonia (Spain), has travelled a long way from its original home. It is said that the name comes from this village.

Growing popularity. Although the Arbequina variety is traditionally associated with Catalonia, the Spanish Levante and the Balearic Islands, it has spread throughout Spain and is becoming increasingly popular in other olive oil producing countries such as Italy and the United States due to its adaptability and the high quality of its oil.

Characteristics of the Arbequina olive

Small but productive. Arbequina olives are small, but they make up for this with their high production. Arbequina olive trees are known for their rapid growth and early fruit set.

Harvesting and care. Due to its size, harvesting can be a tricky process, but its size does not prevent growers from valuing it for its relatively high oil yield.

Oil profile

A soft and pleasant flavour. Arbequina extra virgin olive oil is appreciated for its mild and balanced flavour profile. It tends to have a fruity flavour, with notes of apple, almond and sometimes a hint of pepper, without the intensity of pungency or bitterness that characterises other varieties.

Versatile uses in the kitchen. Its mild profile makes it ideal for dishes that require an olive oil that does not overpower the flavours of the dish, such as fish, salads and even baking.

Cultivation and sustainability

Adaptability to climate change Arbequina is characterised by its adaptability to different climate and soil conditions, making it a popular choice for olive growers concerned about climate change.

In short, the Arbequina is a variety that, despite its modest size, has had a gigantic impact on the world of olive oil. Its oil is not only a delight for the palate, but also proof of innovation and adaptability in olive growing.

EVOO und die Langlebigkeit der mediterranen Bevölkerung

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), a pillar of the Mediterranean diet, has long been associated with the remarkable longevity and good health of Mediterranean peoples. This oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, plays a key role in their healthy lifestyle.

Studies have shown that EVOO can help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve cardiovascular health and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. In addition, its antioxidants may play a role in preventing certain chronic diseases and healthy ageing. In the Mediterranean diet, EVOO is not just an ingredient, but a way of life integrated into a balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, wholemeal products and fish, which contributes to longevity and general well-being.


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EVOO und pa amb oli, untrennbar

AOVE (extra virgin olive oil) and “pa amb oli”, a simple but delicious combination of bread and oil, are inextricably linked to Mallorcan gastronomy.

This combination is the epitome of simplicity and flavour and a perfect example of how simple, high-quality ingredients can be turned into something extraordinarily delicious.

The “pa amb oli” is a culinary tradition in itself. The bread, preferably rustic and with a dense crumb, is rubbed with fresh tomatoes of the “ramallet” variety and then generously doused with AOVE, which impregnates the bread with its rich and complex flavour.

The addition of a few flakes of fleur de sel is the perfect finishing touch to the “pa amb oli” and enhances this classic Mallorcan dish even more. The fleur de sel, which is known for its crunchy texture and delicate flavour, goes perfectly with the juicy “ramallet” tomatoes, the rich extra virgin olive oil and the rustic bread.

It can be topped with ham, cheese or other sausages, making it a versatile dish that can serve as a snack, improvised dinner or even a light lunch.

EVOO is not just a complement, but the protagonist that takes “pa amb oli” to another level. The quality of the oil is crucial, as its fruity notes, freshness and slight spiciness really bring out the flavour of the bread and side dishes.

This dish reflects the philosophy of Mediterranean cuisine: the appreciation of the quality of natural ingredients and the ability to savour food in its purest and simplest form. In addition, “pa amb oli” with EVOO stands for a healthy and balanced diet that is in harmony with the benefits of regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil in the Mediterranean diet

Extra virgin olive oil is much more than just an ingredient in the Mediterranean diet; it is a cornerstone, an essential element.

EVOO is not just an oil for cooking; it is the centrepiece of many dishes. It is used for both cooking and seasoning and is almost ubiquitous, from salads to stews to breads.

EVOO is not only appreciated for its flavour, but also for its numerous health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants such as polyphenols and helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation and can protect against certain types of cancer.

EVOO is used in a variety of ways in the Mediterranean diet. It is used for roasting, grilling and baking, but it is also added raw as a salad dressing, or simply poured over ready-made dishes to add flavour and richness.

The quality of EVOO takes centre stage in the Mediterranean diet. The use of extra virgin oils, which are of the highest quality and purity, ensures that every dish is not only flavourful but also healthy.

Oleotourism is an adventure for the whole family. Olive oil tourism is also an ideal activity for children. It gives them the opportunity to connect with nature and learn where olive oil comes from, seeing the olive trees and perhaps even participating in interactive activities.

The experience of olive oil tourism in Mallorca, transformative and for the whole family

If you are planning your trip to Mallorca, don’t miss out on olive oil tourism, an activity that goes far beyond a simple sightseeing tour; it is an opportunity to enrich your life and that of your family with unique knowledge and experiences. Imagine returning home not only with memories, but also with a new appreciation for olive oil and the Mediterranean diet, a product so commonplace and yet so extraordinary.

Transformative learning. Olive tourism offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of extra virgin olive oil during your stay in Mallorca. You will learn about the production process, from harvesting the olives to pressing and bottling. This experience can change the way you look at and use olive oil in your daily life, giving you a deeper understanding of its value and its place in a healthy diet.

An adventure for the whole family. Olive oil tourism is also an ideal activity for children. It gives them the opportunity to get in touch with nature and learn where olive oil comes from, see the olive trees and maybe even take part in interactive activities. This educational experience can be both fun and educational and help them understand the importance of healthy eating and respect for the environment.

Farm visits. Visiting an olive farm on Mallorca not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the island, but also to experience first-hand how much labour and dedication goes into the production of a high-quality EVOO. It’s an opportunity to get in touch with the farmers, hear their stories and maybe even take part in the olive harvest.

Tastings and gastronomy. Oil tastings are an essential part of olive oil tourism. You will learn to recognise the different flavours and aromas, which will allow you to appreciate this product even more in your meals. In addition, many establishments offer tastings of local dishes prepared with their own oil, a gastronomic experience that will enrich your palate.

Incorporating olive oil tourism into your trip to Mallorca is not just another activity on your itinerary, it opens the door to a world of flavour, health and knowledge. This experience can change the way you and your family look at and enjoy your daily diet and bring a piece of the culture and tradition of Mallorca and the Mediterranean back home.

The millennia-old olive trees in the Serra de Tramuntana

The ancient olive trees in the Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca are true living jewels of nature and silent witnesses to history. These trees, which are among the oldest in the world, symbolise the deep connection between the land and Mallorcan culture and are an emblematic element of the island’s landscape.

Some of these olive trees are over a thousand years old. Their longevity is proof of the olive tree’s resilience and adaptability to Mediterranean conditions.

These majestic trees with their thick, twisted trunks are a characteristic feature of the landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The ancient olive trees are an essential part of Mallorca’s cultural heritage. They have witnessed the historical and cultural changes of the island over the centuries.

Despite their age, many of these trees still bear olives, which are used to produce high-quality extra virgin olive oil. This oil is highly valued for its unique flavour and its connection to the island’s history.

Efforts to protect and preserve these old olive trees are continuing, as their importance for the local ecosystem and Mallorca’s cultural heritage has been recognised.

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