Invented in Maó, it's still made by hand here in the city

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Don't hold the mayo

Did you know that this eggy condiment actually originated in Minorca? It takes its name (maionesa in Catalan), in fact, from the capital Maó (aka Mahón), but the circumstances of its exact origins remain murky. Most accounts place it with the arrival in 1756 of the army of France after it wrested the island from the English, acidentally created by the chef for a celebratory banquet held during the visit of the Duke of Richelieu. These days it can of course be found everywhere on the island, but we recommend you seek it out in various of the establishments in the capital which still make it by hand.

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