It is believed that saffron was first brought to Cornwall by the Phoenicians who traded it for precious supplies of tin. Today the distinctive yellow and black cakes not only resemble the colours of Cornwall but are a delicious tea bread and part of a range of overlooked local foods in favour of the pasty. Eating very simply prepared foods is a specialty of the county.
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You Will Find Some of the Best Fresh Fish in Cornwall
Fish is a core ingredient of the local portfolio of produce and fresh mackerel can be bought from small village harbours when the boats come in. Try combining the catch of the day with some Cornish new potatoes and locally grown asparagus for one of the best meals around and a relatively inexpensive one. On the River Helford there are oyster beds which are another specialty of the area along with local crab and lobster. Fresh fish cannot be beaten for its flavour and simplicity in cooking.
In recent years there has been a wonderful development in wine growing particularly in the Camel Valley and Cornwall has award winning vineyards. These make the perfect accompaniment to a meal as do delicious fruit juices from across Cornwall. Many of the old traditional varieties of apple only found in this region are used in juice production giving them a distinctive flavour. Brewing is another small industry in Cornwall with many local producers of some interesting pints to enjoy after a day out surfing.
Love Cheese? Love Cornwall!
Cheese making is another industry in Cornwall that has seen some remarkable developments in the past few years and now boasts some distinctive regional flavours that are perfect for a picnic or a dinner party. There is Cornish Yarg, wrapped in nettles and with a special nutty flavour, the famous Gevrik goats’ cheese and creamy St Keverne Square, named after the village where it is made. Farming is Cornwall is diversifying and there are many locally produced specialties for the table. Truro Farmers Market on a Saturday is one of the best places to stock up on treats and there are lots of good farm shops all over the county.
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Let’s Not Forget the Excellent Cornish Pasty, Yummy!
No article on Cornwall would be complete without a piece on the pasty and the best ones are those that are home made. Most Cornish women learn how to make them from their mothers and grandmothers before them. Cornish pasties were made for miners and are a pastry dish with a thick crust. They contained meat and potato at one end and a sweet filling such as apple at the other. The thick crust at the side protected miners from the chemicals on their hands in the mines. Today the meat and potato pasties are on sale all over the county and if you want to find the best of the bunch ask a local or look for the queues in Hayle and The Lizard where bakers and butchers have reputations for some of the finest examples around. These are the perfect meal to take on the beach for a picnic and to enjoy with many other distinctive flavours from the Duchy of Cornwall.
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