The traditional gofio mills are an important part of Canarian culture and gastronomy. Many of them, over time, have been lost as new formulas have appeared with which to make this delicious cereal. However, there is one that continues to be the living history of Tenerife: the Molino de Gofio de Las Mercedes, in the municipality of La Laguna, which has turned 80 this week.
Located on the Carretera del Monte de Las Mercedes, it was celebrating last Wednesday, February 2, Candlemas Day, when it was its 80th anniversary. Thus, on the occasion of this anniversary, its owners have “dressed the mill for the occasion” and have prepared “a small exhibition in the room attached to the mill with a bit of its history”.
“One of the things I remember from my childhood is the smell of freshly ground gofio when passing through one of the mills that are still preserved. They are part of our living history and our traditions”, defined the Laguna councilor Yaiza López, who visited the exhibition last Wednesday.
Likewise, the mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, affirmed that the Las Mercedes Mill is “living history of our town.” Likewise, Gutiérrez took the opportunity to “encourage citizens to consume local, not only to encourage our economy but also so that our identity is not lost.”