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Walnut Trees In Mallorca?


When I first came across a walnut tree (Juglans regia) in Mallorca, I couldn’t believe it. I thought that walnuts were native to the eastern Mediterranean and to the Balkans, to Persia, the Himalayas, China and so forth.

But the walnut tree seems common in Mallorca (nogal in Castellano, noguer in Catalan). I must have seen a few dozen of them by now in various parts of the island. However, I have not yet come across a Mallorcan walnut tree with nuts of a pleasant or a satisfactory taste. Perhaps the tree is grown here mainly for the wood instead of for the fruit. The wood is used for fine furniture as well as for rifle and shotgun handles.

Most walnuts sold in the Mallorcan shops seem to be imported from abroad.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 20th, 2009. The time was 20:36:54.

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  1. ¡Hola!

    I’ve just recently come back from a short brake on Mallorca and now, looking for a name of a fruit I had there, I came across your blog :-). Maybe you’ll be able to tell me what that was? It certainly wasn’t a walnut and it didn’t even had any really nice falvour to it – it was rather dry and woody ;P. But out of interest I wanted to find out what that was.
    We got it from a local market and the seller told us that it is a fruit indigenous to Mallorca, similar to apples. It has a pear like shape, it’s green with brown splashes here and there…

    Any idea what that was?

    • i am not quite sure if i know which fruit you bought when in mallorca. but i assume that it might have been a membrillo. you might otherwise know this fruit as a quince. in mallorca this fruit is eaten as a sweet. it is boiled for jams, desserts and such like. the membrillo is indigenous to mallorca, but in no way exclusively so. the fruit grows in northern and eastern europe, in north america and in latin america, as well as in china and asia. yes, i agree that its taste is a bit dry and woody and without much flavour.

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