Mallorca is covered with citrus fruit groves but it is Sóller that is best known for its oranges. They are grown in the 'Valle de los Naranjos', one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island.
First brought to Mallorca by the Arabs in the early Middle Ages, orange growing boomed in the 19th century around Sóller. These deliciously sweet fruits are celebrated at the 'Fira de la Taronja' every June but you can taste them throughout the year, either just as they are, juiced or in ice cream.
The main types of orange grown here are the Navel (easy to peel and very good for eating thanks to its fine pulp and sweetness) and Canoneta (excellent for making juice). Bitter oranges, a cross between grapefruit and tangerines, are available until the end of February and are ideal for making into bitter orange marmalade. Lemons and grapefruits are also grown in Mallorca.
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