Mallorca offers a huge choice of delicious olive oils from different producers – 23 of which attended a presentation last night of oils produced from the latest harvest. The event took place in the Aljub at Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma. The Aljub was once an underground water storage facility but is now an attractive and spacious venue for events – and proved ideal for this one, which attracted a lot of visitors (including some well-known chefs on the island).
Tables were set up around the walls of the space and each producer set out their wares for visitors to see and try. We were able to taste the oils – and an item of food made from olive oil, which each producer had provided. The tasty morsels ranged from simple bread and oil (and salt, of course) to silky chocolates and desserts. Wine and soft drinks were available for visitors – although, as I was driving, I opted for water (which was also probably better for a spot of serious olive oil tasting).
All the featured oils were designated (DO) Oli de Mallorca – a mark of quality introduced on Mallorca in 2002. I didn’t taste them all, but enough passed my lips for me to make kissing The Boss on my return home a slippery encounter!
Olive oil – for health and great taste
With so many luscious and varied oils on offer on Mallorca, it’s hard to believe that when I was a little girl living in the UK, olive oil was usually sold at chemist’s shops, in small bottles for medicinal purposes. My father used to have a measure of olive oil stirred into his daily breakfast porridge for the health benefits . . . and it seems to have been beneficial to him.
On this island, and throughout the Mediterranean, the benefits of olive oil have been known for much longer. And having such a great choice of Mallorcan olive oils has been one of the many benefits we enjoy about living here. A peep in my kitchen would usually reveal three or four bottles of different oils on the go. Several friends who have visited for lunch have brought us a bottle of interesting Mallorcan olive oil, instead of a bottle of wine – and what a great gift to bring.
Next month I’ll be writing more about DO Oli de Mallorca. Until then, keep drizzling the golden stuff! You know it’s good for you . . .