Fetish fruit in sea­son

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

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

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