It’s a bit early, this year’s almond blossom. Usually, the almond blossom season in Mallorca gets into its full bloom around the January full moon but, that’s another nine days away. I’m not complaining; I’m just filling you in with the norm and with the deviation. Not only is the almond blossom in full swing in some parts of the island – not everywhere, though – but some almond trees have already turned to the next stage of sprouting their leaves. That is earlier than I have ever seen almond trees fully in leaf, here in the Baleares. Actually, I saw the first almond blossoms of this year’s crop way back before Christmas, in fact around the end of October, and that is really early.
I’m sure there would be a farmer’s tale to go with early almonds but, I am afraid I cannot quote any agricultural wisdom, now.
The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 9th, 2011. The time was 14:00:36.
Oh that is early! I seem to remember them blooming in February, but that was many years ago.
My peach tree started to bloom on January 1st, which is also a little early even for here.
Happy New Year by the way. Sharon.
A Mallorquin friend told me yesterday there’s a saying that early almond blossoms mean empty baskets at harvest time. I wish I could remember the actual words in Catalan. Sorry!
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