There has been a quiet food revolution going on in Cornwall in the last few decades resulting in so much more choice than the omnipresent and traditional, but still delicious, hand crimped Cornish pasty.
The temperate climate, fertile soils and miles of coastline have been a windfall for food producers meaning this very rural county now produces some of the country’s finest local and organic produce.
The culinary reawakening of Cornwall has come about through inspired festivals such as the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in Truro, any one of the numerous farmers markets that dot the county and delis on every high street. Artisan bakers are producing mouth watering breads, with enchanting aromas arising from their ovens. But it is the dedicated fishing fleets and farmers of Cornwall, who are the backbone of the industry.
It is not surprising that given the miles of coastline, seafood has a prominent profile within the local food scene.
Cornish Sardines are always popular both on restaurant menus and cooked at home. Under the protected name they are granted, they must be caught less than 6 miles from the coast of this county. Scallops, plaice, sole, turbot and gurnard are commonly found in Cornish waters. The plethora of local fishmongers is a blessing for all seafood fans and they can also offer advice on the best way to prepare your fish and hints on making them the star attraction on your menu.
When it comes to meats and dairy, organic is the crème de la crème and meats such as organic Ruby meat is top of the bill. Free range venison is also popular. The warm weather makes Cornwall the ideal place to rear outdoor pigs producing some spectacular sausages and cuts of home cured bacon. When these are coupled with the local, free range eggs that can be found in many farms, you have a stunning breakfast to get your day started. And who can resist the taste of the tangy Cornish Blue Cheese or the creamy palate of the traditional nettle wrapped Cornish Yarg?
In addition, this is a holiday hotspot so it’s not surprising that it produces some of the best ice cream in the country. And let’s not forget the quirkier side of Cornish produce including sea salt harvested from the pure waters near The Lizard Peninsula. Surprisingly, tea is also grown on one estate in the west of the county, along with a great variety of quality honey producers, some specializing in the legendary Manuka honey.
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