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Authentic Food and Drink this Autumn

29 September 20

Autumn is the season where Ibiza’s authenticity shines for the finest Luxury Ibiza Holidays. With an abundance of homegrown and locally sourced produce available across the island throughout the harvest season, a strong native food scene thrives. Connecting our clients with the finest local dishes sourced from the island’s rich farmlands and local fisherman, here at Ibiza Villas, we connect our villa rental guests with their Mediterranean surroundings in a sustainable and conscious way. 

A food trend that appeared recently and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon is the SLOW food trend. The antithesis of fast food which has swept the globe in the last decade, SLOW food embodies the belief that food should be grown and bought locally, prepared with the utmost care and consumed with appreciation. Celebrating the finest locally sourced and produced food and drink, this trend epitomises Ibizan cuisine.

An abundance of local culinary traditions made with care at its core characterises Ibizan cuisine, which over the last few years has established itself on the competitive European culinary scene. With dishes mainly made using fresh fish, organically reared meats alongside local herbs and spices, Ibiza’s cuisine champions Balearic flavours. A recipe that has been passed down generations is the celebrated Ibizan sobrasada sausage. Created with the regional porc negre meat, or 'black pig', closely linked to mainland Spain’s ibérico pig, this local raw, cured sausage includes a mix of paprika and salt and other spices. To be enjoyed by itself or as an appetiser, spot sobrasada on many locally inspired menus across the island.

Meanwhile, Hierbas Ibicencas (Ibizan herbs) – is one of the island’s most widely enjoyed drinks. Featuring a distinct taste that locals typically drink to aid with digestion, this local drink has a rich history. Leading with a strong aniseed flavour, Hierbas Ibicencas is mixed with natural citrus flavours such as orange and lemon and finished with thyme. Meanwhile, Ensaimada is the answer for those who have a sweet tooth and is Ibiza’s dessert of choice. Similar to the traditional British bread pudding, the island’s alternative is created using pastries or bread that may have been leftover. A simple but satisfying local dessert, ensaimada is made with a combination of eggs, sugar, milk, cinnamon and lemon peel and can be found across cake shops in Ibiza Old Town. Lastly, a popular warming dish those enjoy as the seasons start to cool this autumn, and many consider one of Ibiza’s most traditional home-cooked family recipes, is Arroz de Matanzas. With many having a personal take on this dish, Arroz de Matanzas is typically made with a combination of rice, local meat, locally foraged mushrooms which can be found sprouting from September onwards.

Premier luxury specialists, we offer a collection of leading villas that showcase the very best Ibiza has to offer visitors this Autumn. Beyond simply a base, our insider knowledge offers experience-led moments and memories with the opportunity to sample these local dishes. Get in touch with one of our experts today who will guide you on your journey.  

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