When Setas are on offer in the Mallorcan markets, one knows that Autumn has arrived. Somehow it seems a bit earlier this year than expected, but there we are. Temperatures have dropped as some heavy rain has been falling and yes, the markets are full with Setas, Esclatassangs, Picornells, Girgolas, Llenguas de Bous, Peus Blaus, and what have you. It is a mouth watering sight to behold, at least as far as I am concerned. A pity though, that prices seem to be on the up, with wild mushrooms as much as with everything else.
The Diario de Mallorca daily newspaper started a promotion today of recipes with wild mushrooms. Mallorcans love their setas which is no wonder when one hears that some 1,200 mushroom varieties can be found on the island (of which some 150 varieties are deemed edible, 200 are regarded as toxic, of which 25 or so are deadly poisonous, with all the others being indifferent). If you want to read more about Mallorcan mushrooms (in Catalán or in Castellano only), you might want to pay a visit to the Bolets de les Illes Balears website, published in collaboration with the UIB University in Palma de Mallorca.
The pueblo of Mancor de la Vall even stages an annual Fira de l’Esclatassang, some time in November. Mancor de la Vall is up from Inca and through the village of Selva, and well worth a visit, even without the mushrooms.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The date: October 3rd, 2008. The time was 12:48:57.