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.