Between January & February, which coincides with the flowering of almond trees, the Island of Majorca acquires a spectacular beauty. The almond trees in bloom, with their various ranges of white and pink tones, are particularly attractive for photographers, painters and lovers of nature in general. So much so that trips are organised to Majorca from Germany and other countries, purely to come and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of almond trees in bloom.
The main area in Majorca for the production of almonds, is to the Central-Western area of the island, such as Marratxi, Bunyola, Santa Maria, Sencelles, Lloseta & Selva. These are the most productive areas of Majorca due to their microclimate. Also it is worth paying particular attention to the areas of the South West and the districts of Manacor, Sant Llorenç & Son Servera. Nevertheless, the almond trees are present throughout the whole of the Island.
The Mediterranean climate and the system of dry farming ensure that the Majorcan almond has distinctive qualities. Its sweet flavour, and a greater content of proteins, oily acids & carbohydrates, make this a universally desired product, and used for a large variety of food products.
The crop of almonds are gathered at the end of August & the beginning of September. Today almost the entire gathering of crops is done mechanically via machines which have very large pincers which surround the tree trunk and shake is so that the ripe fruits fall to the ground. However, there are few exploitations in Majorca and there are still many people who collect them manually by beating the branches with canes.