Another island: Mallorca

My history with Mallorca began more than 20 years ago. Today, Mallorca for me is about family and friends, happy times and good food. You can browse my Mallorcan cookbook here for free.

Carob trees

One of the best things about this island in late autumn is that the carob on the trees are ripe. They taste just like chocolate though they smell a bit like cheese. We harvest them, remove the seeds, and blend them with frozen bananas (dates optional) to make 100% natural, raw ice cream, which tastes soooooo good! When added to a thick green smoothie made with orange juice, you get something that tastes like orange chocolate! So next time you see a carob tree, taste the fruit.

Best chocolate on the island can be found in www.cachao.eu.by the Santa Catalina market in Palma.

Cactus

There are lots of cactuses growing wild in Mallorca. They grow very slowly. Thus, they have lots of time to absorb and concentrate the nutrients from the soil into their insides. The reason why cactuses are full of goodness! I made 100% natural, potent hair conditioner from cactus, olive leaves (sun protectant), rosemary leaves, lemon juice and olive oil. Blend together using a strong blender, massage into hair and leave for a few minutes/hours. If you don’t have cactuses growing wild where you live, use aloe vera instead.

Goats

There is a tiny little farm full of cute goats in Pollenca on the north east of the island that sells goats cheese. If you want to see how cheese is made as well as say hello to cute goats, you must visit this farm. Google map to the place can be found here.

This cheese I bought has carob in it!

Pine trees

These are the pine trees along my running route on Passeig Voramar, Puerto Pollenca (below). I would ask myself, why are they all bent towards the sea? Well, the reason can’t be because of the wind: (1) there are buildings behind the trees to buffer them from the onslaught of strong wind, (2) the trees themselves show no sign of wind damage, and (3) there is enough sunlight from all directions. It puzzled me for a while (and I discussed this with my daddy)……answers further down…..

Palm Walk, Puerto Pollenca
Palm Walk, Puerto Pollenca

The answer is because the soil closest to the sea gets waterlogged by seawater and becomes less densely packed. Thus the soil closer to the sea is less able to support the weight of the tree and the tree begins to tip over. Simple physical reason!

There is another type of pine tree called the Cook pine (below).

There’s something magical about Cook pines: they lean towards the Equator always! How come???? Read all about Cook pines in New Scientist.

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