I am constantly amazed about things one can find in Mallorca that I had never imagined to find here. Like rice-growing, for instance.
Believe it or not, rice was cultivated in Mallorca as early as the 10th century when the Moors brought the crop to the Iberian Peninsula and to Mallorca. Here, rice cultivation seems to have stopped though after the Christian conquest, during the 13th century. Rice was reintroduced to Mallorca in S’Albufera at the beginning of the 20th century where it became one of the major crops of that area. Some 1,800 quartons were cultivated there with rice (approx. 320 ha) in 1905. Smallholdings continued to grow rice there until the mid-Seventies. About ten years ago, rice was planted in the area of Sa Pobla to combat the drawbacks of monoculture of the potato crop. Currently, about 100 tons of rice are harvested in Mallorca of a more than decent quality.
The organic farm of Sa Teulera near Petra took up the planting of rice paddies two years ago, where the photograph (above) was taken. Rice is cultivated there on only 1 hectare of land but, under organic conditions. I recommend a visit to the organic farm any time. The farm shop is open to the public only three days a week (Tuesday and Friday, 12h00 to 18h00, and Saturday, 08h00 to 13h00). If you can’t make your way to Petra, there is a home delivery service offered by Susan Sell who shops at Sa Teulera every week and is willing to accept shopping lists and to deliver to your front door. Check her website for details.
The photo (top) was taken near Petra, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 16th, 2011. The time was 13:28:02. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.es.