Mallorca has a lot of treasures to discover, one of them definitely the cornucopia of fresh food that grows on the island: all imaginable kinds of fruit and vegetable, among them an impressive variety of grapes, almonds, olives, and capers. And it seems that even the surrounding Mediterranean Sea makes a more precious salt than elsewhere. But it’s not only their abundance, it’s also their quality that’s outstanding – you can taste every minute of sun and warmth, they were grown in. D’Origen has them all.
The store only covers a small corner on the Mercat de L’Olivar. But Xisco Planas, who has been running it for almost five years now, offers a lovely choice of Mallorcan delicacies, such as flor de sal d’es trenc, spices, olive oil, honey, and a lovely selection of cavas and wines. One of my favorite white wines from the island is Binigrau’s Nou Nat, at times hard to find at retailers, but I was always lucky when I asked Xisco for it. Recently, he also offers all kinds of fancy little bites, homemade with fresh vegetables – and they’re so good!
Meanwhile, stores that sell Mallorcan goods as souvenirs for travelers spring up like mushrooms. But I still favor the original, hence: d’Origin. Plus, you can lovely combine a visit with your grocery shopping on the Mercat. On a Saturday morning, it’s rather a social event than an errand. You meet and greet your favorite vendors, of course, but it’s also very likely that you’ll run into a neighbor, the owner of the shop next door, the lady from the newly opened bakery, or the keeper of your favorite bar. Next time you do, take a break together at d’Origen.