The almond tree (primus dulcis or ametller in Mallorcan) is the most common tree on the island of Mallorca, as well as the most renown. Between late January and early March, they are a true sight to see: the Mallorcan fields are covered with a magnificent white and pink coat, a truly lovely way to warn us that spring is around the corner.
Its fruit, the almond, is dry yet delicious, as well as a great source of vitamins, oils, minerals and fibre. It has an important role in the local gastronomy, being an essential ingredient in Mallorcan confectionery.
The spectacle of the blossoming of the almond tree has been a source of inspiration for artists and poets, so much so, that it is a symbol of first love.
“Bajo ese almendro florido,
todo cargado de flor
-recordé-, yo he maldecido
mi juventud sin amor.
Hoy, en mitad de la vida
Me he parado a meditar…
¡Juventud nunca vivida,
quién te volviera a soñar!”
(Under the flowering almond tree,
heavy with flowers
recalling that I once cursed
my loveless youth.
Today, in the middle of life
I stop to reflect...
Youth never lived,
who lucky enough to dream again!)
Antonio Machado (1875 - 1939)
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