A lime oven is a traditional Mallorcan construction, into which calcareous stones are heaped in order to obtain the lime.

 

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The process consisted of maintaining the stone at a temperature of around 1000 to 1200ºC for a period of ten or twelve days, using firewood as fuel. These ovens can be found at various locations across the Serra de Tramuntana.

Lime was once one of our society’s most essential resources: all building work was done using lime, it was used to whitewash houses, doctors prescribed lime water, vines were sprinkled with lime, along with many other applications of this ‘all-purpose’ product.

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