Consell Insular d'Eivissa Government EIVISSA Balears, Illes
FOOD FESTIVAL OF THE LOBSTER, THE PRAWN AND THE FISH OF EIVISSA
Consell Insular d'Eivissa Government EIVISSA Balears, Illes
Consell Insular d'Eivissa Government EIVISSA Balears, Illes

Flavors of Ibiza - Flavors of an island

Since the arrival of the Phoenicians, almond tree , fig tree and carob tree are the most typical Mediterranean trees in the dry land, either in fertile plains or climbing through the hills, they make up the most emblematic rural landscape of Ibiza. In addition to giving shade to flocks of sheep during the summer and giving us with the flowering of almond, the first of the year, its fruits have been fundamental for the economy of the island. Low profitability and the cost of manual harvesting are leading to the progressive abandonment of dry farms.

The carob

The carob fruit, traditionally used as an animal feed, has been the fuel for the transport and the field work before the spread of automobiles and tractors. In our Mediterranean climate with dry summers, carob should be considered the equivalent of a pasture to feed the flocks of sheep and mules and horses. In addition, the export of carob for feed has also been a source of income for the field.

Currently, the price of carob depends mainly on the sale of their seeds from which a rubber is extracted and used in foods as thicker. During the wartime periods of the 20th century, carob flour replaced chocolate in Europe. Rich in fiber and antioxidants, currently flour and other derivatives of carob experience a great growth for human consumption due to their healthy properties.

Figs

The fruit of the fig tree has been an essential food for farmers. Eaten fresh in summer, above all it was preserved after drying in the sun to eat during the year as dried figs. Especially cherished are the figs picked up in June, sundried and flavored with thimus. Very nutritious and energetic, it was consumed as a dessert or as a dinner companion along with cheese. At the moment you can only savor these delights in the hands of some farmers who retain the tradition.

Almond

Almond, a highly valued fruit since ancient times and considered in the Middle Ages as a spice, is kept in our gastronomy chopped such as the one that is prepared in the borrida de ratjada, a traditional dish, and as a fundamental ingredient in desserts linked to festive moments: the All Saints panellets and the Christmas Sauce. The traditional varieties of Ibiza, especially sweet, such as Fita, La Pau, la Pueta or Espineta are the chosen ones for its elaboration.

But, more than for internal consumption, the esteem in the Nordic countries for the almond made it the most precious product out of Ibiza, after the salt obviously, and the export was a source of wealth for the field until the arrival of tourism. At present, almonds are still appraised as an aperitif, both for flavor and for healthy properties, and it is the leader in the list of super-foods most commonly consumed in the world.

A very popular tradition: The flowering of the almond tree in the Corona plain

Producer

Cooperativa de Sant Antoni

Path of the General,
07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany
Balearic islands
Telephone 971 34 03 72
central@cooperativasantantoni.com

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Nuts Ibiza

Polygon Montecristo. C / Fusters nº 16-18
Town: 07816 Sant Rafel de Forca
Telephone 971 19 82 92