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The Fira de Ses Herbes in Selva


Sunday June 14th is the date for this year’s Fira de Ses Herbes in Selva at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range. If you haven’t been to the Selva Herb Fair in previous years, you should not miss out this time. The Herb Fair is a treat.

The pueblo‘s local plant is the murta (Myrtus, myrtle). Early in the morning next Sunday, some members of the village community will ascend into the surrounding mountains to gather myrtle branches by the cartload. These will be brought down to the village square where the gathered yield is to be received with great aplomb and fanfare. From midday on, the herb will be distilled in a makeshift still into aigua de murta (myrtle water), a medicinal concoction of untold properties. Small quantities of this myrtle brew can be taken home by those who want to pamper their skin with a rejuvenating tonic.


The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Selva, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 8th, 2008. The time was 12:18:12. The fair’s poster is designed this year by Andrew Pinder, a talented British artist resident in Selva.

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