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Category: About Madeira

Madeira Wine / Vinho Madeira

🇬🇧 Madeira Wine history begins shortly after the discovery of Madeira island, as there are historical records that prove that 25 years after the beginning of its colonisation, Madeira Wine was already being exported. This ‘nectar of the Gods’, which is one of the…

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Wickerwork / Vimes

🇬🇧 The wickerwork industry has its foundation in 1850 in the parish of Camacha, where the largest production of this type of craft in Madeira is found. The trees that originate this work – Willows trees, grow on lands with plenty of water and…

Tapestry / Tapeçaria

🇬🇧 The art of Madeira Tapestry began at the end of last century, more specifically in 1936, by the hand of the Kiekeben families, of German origin, that when seeking to diversify the production of its embroidery factory, decided to create a tapestry studio.Its…

“lady slipper” (orchid) / Sapatinho

🇬🇧 One of the most traditional Madeiran Christmas flowers is the ” Lady Slipper” orchid, which blooms from December to January.Commoly designated ” Lady Slipper” orchid (Paphiopedilum insigne), this flower originating from the Himalaya, growing between 1000 up to 2000 meters, is one of the most…

Protea

🇬🇧 The protea is a very common flower in Madeira, delighting tourists and residents. Here you can find different varieties of this flower species.Proteas cultivation in Madeira island began in the early 1970s. The Protea cybaroides, the Protea compacta, the Protea nerüfolia and the Leucospermum cordifolium were sown with…

House Bread / Pão de Casa

🇬🇧 Madeira’s House Bread is distinguished from other varieties of homemade bread made in Portugal by incorporating sweet potato, a widely used food in Madeira.House Bread, traditional in Madeira, incorporates sweet potato, one of Madeira’s main crops. The ingredients required for its production are…

Sugar Cane Molasses / Mel de Cana

🇬🇧 Made from sugar cane, treacle is used in the most diverse food delicacies of Madeira.The origins of Madeira’s treacle date back to the heyday of sugar production on the archipelago, witnessing its History. As the Portugese name “mel de cana” [cane honey] implies,…

PassionFruit / Maracujá

🇬🇧 The passionfruit is one of the most popular fruits of Madeira, both for its exceptional flavour and for the various uses that it has.The passionfruit is the fruit from the passionfruit tree – a woody, perennial, fast growing, vigorous, continuous and luxuriant growing…

Apple / Maçã

🇬🇧 The apple of Madeira, commonly designated in Portuguese as “pêro”, is grown in various parts of Madeira. In Madeira islands there are several varieties of this fruit .There are areas in Madeira with great potential for apple cultivation. There is a wide range…

Cherry / Cereja

🇬🇧 The cherry of Madeira, fruit of the cherry tree, is different both in flavour and in size from the cherry produced in mainland Portugal.In Madeira, cherry cultivation is located in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos. Regional cherries are of medium to small…

Sugar Cane / Cana-de-açucar

🇬🇧 Sugar cane is one of the agricultural species with the greatest relevance in the History of Madeira, which originated the ‘White Gold Age’.Sugar cane is a species that belongs to the Gramineae family, the Saccharum genus, officinarum species.The cultivation of sugar cane in Madeira dates…

Sweet Potato / Batata Doce

🇬🇧 The cultivation of sweet potato, which is intended for consumption, is very common in Madeira. Its role in local food is increasingly notable.The sweet potato (Ipomoea l. potatoes) is a tuber of great importance in Madeira’s horticultural production, and is exported to several European…