A traditional Mallorcan olive press for the extraction of olive oil is called a Tafona. The production of olive oil in Mallorca was never on a big scale, but came to a virtual standstill some thirty years ago. But, over the last five years or so, the production of good quality olive oil has seen a bit of a revival, in line with the renaissance of good quality Mallorcan wine. Aren’t we lucky?
A number of Tafonas still exist, but only a handful are actually still in use for the pressing of olives for the production of olive oil, such as in Caimari and Sóller.
The Mallorcan oil presses that continue working today use the traditional method employing the original millstones, wicker mats and a hydraulic press.
The season for the harvest of olives is approaching; I guess that in the Tramuntana mountain range the first olives will be picked at the end of September. This year’s Mallorcan olive oil should be for sale from November/December.
The pueblo of Caimari celebrates an annual Fira de s’Oliva in November. It is traditionally held the Sunday after Dijous Bo in Inca, which this year is scheduled for November 20th.
The photo was taken in Caimari, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 9th, 2008. The time was 13:23:39.