.Summer arrives and we all like to enjoy the fresh fruits this season offers us. Melons, watermelons, cherries, peaches, plums, apricots… and soon we will have the Apricot festival in Porreres
Apricot, a fruit with culture
The apricot, easy to peel, small but tasty, sometimes with a touch of acid that makes it very refreshing, is one of the favorite fruits of Mallorcans. It is part of main dishes and obviously also of desserts. In many bakeries on Mallorca you can find the ensaimada de apricot (my mouth watering when I write it). Also very famous is the popular apricot coca from Son Carrió.
The word apricot comes from the Hispano-Arabic “Albarqúq” and this, previously, from classical Arabic and Greek. It seems that the fruit originated in China, and that from there it spread to Central Asia, the Middle East, and that finally Greeks and Romans introduced it to Europe.
Mallorca also received this fantastic fruit, which here is called “Albercoc” (or aubercoc). Today, apricot is a star product of our gastronomy and especially in Porreres, a town in the center of the island, where the annual apricot festival is held.
Fira de l’Albercoc – Apricot festival in Porreres
Every year in June, this Festival is held in Porreres, with a multitude of activities and sales of products, all based on apricot: fresh dried fruits “al canyís”, ice cream, liqueurs, pastries…
But the funniest are the contests: The one to make apricot “cocas“, and the most exciting of all, the “Concurs de xapar albercocs“. In 30 minutes, cut as many apricots as possible in the traditional way. Curiously enough, an older woman from the village is most of the times the winner. The know-how is worth more than the energy of the youth. In matters of mastery, experience is very valuable. You dare to participate and try to beat the porrerrencs?