From a bread roll baked just for the wealthy to a symbol of the city of Palma
The llonguet is a bread roll that has its own identity and history, a history that dates back to the days of the archduke Lluís Salvador.
It seems to have a French origin, and from there it arrived in Catalunya, where it became very popular. It probably arrived in Mallorca thanks to the journeys the local bakers made to Barcelona in search of new produce and techniques that they couldn’t find on the island.
It gained more popularity in the mid 20th century. The llonguet was an exclusive bakery item. They were made one by one, by expert hands, very different from the villages and rural areas where the people were much more attached to the traditional pan payés.
Oddly enough, the llonguet was on the brink of extinction, but thanks to some bakers who never stopped producing them, and the appearance of endeavors such as the Orgull Llonguet (Llonguet Pride) this charismatic bread role was saved and is now more alive than ever.
Every Wednesday there is a route through different bakeries in the city, the Llonguet is the main feature, it also plays a big part in Palma’s San Sebastian festivities. The llonguet is now symbolic of the city.
Mallorca’s looms produce what are probably the last ikats in Europe. Ikat is a dyeing and fabric weaving technique. The name the llengües fabric receives in Mallorca is robes de llengües, a traditional fabric with a long history on the island.
In the heart of the Marina de Llucmajor, Mallorca, stands the Son Mut Nou Finca, here the earth is dry and rain is a rare commodity, fig trees make the most of the dryness and extract what they need from the dry ground and clay to produce an even more tasty fruit.
Verderol oil is the juice from olives that grow just a few kilometres from Palma. The Olive trees are cared for using environmental friendly techniques and produce a delicious crop, an extra virgin olive oil with Majorcan designation of origin.
Modern economy has relegated them to a mere onlooker role, but they represent high ethnological value: they are the flour windmills that were used not many decades ago to mill the grain and produce flour.
Finca Rotes dels Cavallers belongs to the Galmés Ribot family, but way back in the 17th century it belonged to the mythical Comte Mal (Count Evil) who rented it out to his knights so they could cultivate the vineyard and produce wine, evidence of the long established wine making tradition in Santa Margalida.
Mallorcan company Embutidos Matas, located in Maria de la Salut, offers tours to tourist groups, who get to sample all their main products (sobrasada, longaniza, butifarra and butifarrón) accompanied by other local delicacies (Mallorcan bread, oil, wine, tomatoes, almonds, olives, etc) and traditional Mallorcan dancing. Manager, Joan Carbonell Matas, explains that the aim is for tourists to relax while eating and drinking.