Fetish fruit in season
By Alex Watkins SELF-confessed pomegranate lover and four Michelin-starred chef Albert Adrià has officially inaugurated the harvest season for the ‘ unique and special’ Mollar de Elche variety of his favourite fruit.
He carried out the symbolic cutting of the first pomegranate of the season at a farm in the municipality last Wednesday.
The brother of the legendary El Bulli restaurant founder, Ferrán said it is a ‘fetish’ fruit, and he is telling his colleagues they must ‘make the most of the best product while it is at its best moment’.
The Mollar de Elche variety ob- tained Denomination of Origin (DOP) status in 2016 and the regulatory board president, Francisco Oliva revealed they estimate production will increase this year by 5% to about 52,000 tonnes across the 40 municipalities where it is grown in the Alacantí, Bajo Vinalopó and Vega Baja areas.
Although the lack of rain in the spring has affected their size, he assured the recent rain has improved their quality.
They can be recognised by the distinctive cream-coloured parts of their skin and have a particularly sweet taste and soft, edible seeds.
The first cut is the deepest - in Elche