A new slow food map for Formentera
To help post-COVID visitors savor the best of Formentera, the island’s tourism office has launched mapa-slow-food-2020, showcasing its traditional cuisine, local products and distinct flavors. The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera, has long been known for its slow, laid-back lifestyle. Thanks to a wide variety of fresh seafood, organic products and sustainable agriculture deeply rooted in the traditions of the island, Formentera has also achieved the status ‘Arca del gusto’ (translated as ‘Arch of taste’ ‘), granted by the International Slow Food Organization.
The map locates a number of local businesses across the island where visitors (and locals) can shop for organic produce, sample local flavors, and learn about slow food in Formentera. From fruit and vegetable markets to vineyards and producers of olive oil made from locally grown olives, the map highlights the island’s great gastronomic heritage and its dependence on local products which results from the relatively isolated from the Pityusic Islands.
What to try in Formentera
Baked, grilled, baked or fried; accompanied by rice or on its own, fish is one of the staple products of the island. Dried salted fish, known as Peix Sec, has notably become a feature of Formentera cuisine. In a traditional way, transmitted by the Phoenicians, the fish is first soaked in “sal morra”, a solution of water and salt, then dried naturally in the sun and in the wind by hanging from the junipers. Once dried, it’s stored in glass jars and served over lettuce, with peppers, onion, and crusty bread, making it a simple dish but full of flavor.
Besides savory dishes, such as a farmhouse salad (which includes the Peix Sec), fried octopus (‘Frit de polp’) and a fish stew with potatoes (‘Bullit de Peix’), Formentera also offers a full range of local snacks and dessert. From ‘Flaó’ (cheesecake with a hint of mint) to ‘Les Orelletes’ (a sweet pastry made with anise) and ‘Greixonera’ (a bread pudding), there are plenty of options to explore for gourmet and tasty visitors. lovers.
When to visit Formentera
Although Formentera is known for its slow-moving vibe and relaxed year-round lifestyle, food lovers should consider visiting the island outside of the summer season. Every year during the first two weeks of May and October, with this year’s events yet to be confirmed, Formentera organizes its gastronomic weekends when the best restaurants on the island offer special menus at a fixed price. In addition to affordable prices, the event offers visitors to Formentera a unique opportunity to taste traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Local restaurants, food markets and eateries in Formentera adhere to COVID-19 security protocols set by the local government, ensuring visitors stay safe and can enjoy the incredible food scene Formentera has to offer in 2021 .