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Mallorcan Almonds

Almonds in Mallorca are not in full bloom quite yet but, the first signs of the imminent beginning of the almond blossom season are apparent all over the island. The mild January weather helped the crop albeit there was a severe lack of rain so far. There may be plenty of almonds this year of a smaller size than usual, unless we get some rain in February. As it happens, rain is forecast for today and tomorrow and snow is forecast in Mallorca’s higher regions above 400 m from tomorrow night.

Our daughter baked a cake last night as a birthday token. She used almond blossoms as part of the decoration (see photo below). The flowers are edible.

The kernels of the bitter almond (Amygdalus communis) are a good source of amygdaline. According to both, Oriental Medicine and alternative medicine, these kernels are anti-carcinogenic. In Chinese pharmacology, the pits are classified as a drug rather than food as they contain cyanide (hydro-cyanic acid). They are used medicinally and are said to combat cancer, stimulate respiration, improve digestion, help reduce blood pressure and arthritic pain and give a sense of well-being. Don’t take my word for it; I am a blogger, not a doctor. If you have any health problems of the kind mentioned above, please consult your doctor.

The town of Son Servera usually holds the Fira de la Flor d’Ametler at the beginning of February. I have not found any dates for this year’s event, yet. If the date and the event get confirmed, I shall let you know.

The photo (top) was taken near Lluchmajor, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 26th, 2012. The time was 15:19:01. The photo (bottom) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 27th, 2012. The time was 19:02:20.

Thank you, Onna.

5 replies »

  1. Good morning,

    Almond fair will be held next sunday 5th of February in Son Servera.
    Thank you very much for all the interesting informations and point of views you share with us. Your blog is fantastic!!

    Have a nice week-end.

    Deborah

  2. Long time reader, first time commenter! I love your blog so I’m glad to be the first with the information, it’s from 9.30 to 14.00 on the 5th Feb in Son Servera (thanks to SkyBlue Mallorca for the info).

    • hi anita,
      didn’t you say you were coming back in february with your cycling group of friends? you’ll see plenty of almond trees in full blossom then. and don’t forget: we have a pact to meet for some café con leche or café solo. can’t wait.
      cheers.
      klaus

  3. Reblogged this on One Woman Seeking Palma and commented:
    Growing up in Minnesota, we had a honey crisp apple tree (developed at the University of MN) in our front yard. I could not wait every year for the apple tree to bloom. I can’t wait to see this new pink flour and smell the new aroma of almonds. I wonder if it will have the same sweet smell of spring.

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