The Best Of Cornish Produce

The Best Of Cornish Produce

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Cornwall, known for its surfing culture, is known for other great reasons, as well. Cornwall has some of the best produce in the UK. The geography of Cornwall provides a rich heritage and wide variety of traditional ingredients. The active fishing industry not only affects the economy of the region, it provides the best and freshest seafood for the many dishes served, while the mining industry provided the ubiquitous pasty. In fact, Cornish recipes have gained “protected geographical status,” as declared by EU law. This means that marketing firms cannot market food as “Cornish” unless it is actually produced in Cornwall.

Varieties of Food Seafood, of course, is king in Cornwall. However, other game foods are popular, as well, appearing in the meat pies or pasties. Excellent bakeries have their impact on the cuisine, as do the finest creameries in the UK.

Meat Pies

Meat pies, sometimes called oggies, got their start in Cornwall because of the mining industry. The miners needed to be able to hold their hot meals in their hands as they ate at work. Much like the invention of the sandwich, the pasty provided the closest thing to a balanced meal in one, compact package. The pastry, meat – sometimes game, cheeses, and sometimes sauces and vegetables make meat pies, or pasties, a great example of Cornish cuisine.

Cream Cornish cream is almost a luxury to other countries. Cornwall does not lend itself to the farming of many crops. The wet climate, however, is perfect for growing the grasses that fatten and nourish the amazing dairy cows of the region. One of the finest exports from this area is clotted cream. In fact, this creation is so uniquely Cornish that it, too, is protected under EU law. No other area is allowed to make “Cornish clotted cream”. This ingredient is used to make the inimitable Cornish ice cream and Cornish fudge.


Over 60 types of cheese are made in Cornwall. Cornish Blue and Brie are only two of the award winning cheeses that originate in this area. Some of the cheeses are made from water from St. David’s Holy Well. Gevrik is a soft cheese that uses full-fat goat mild, while Yarg is made of cow’s milk, and is semi-hard. For a crumbly cheese, try Caerphilly.


Cakes and sweets figure heavily in Cornish cuisine, as well. Cornwall uses yeast in its breads more frequently than in other regions of England. Saffron cake, scones, and hevva cake are popular in this area, and figure in exports, as well. Whortleberries are also found in the rural reions of Cornwall and make for fantastic pasties and pies, as well as puddings and jams.

Cooking in Cornwall

Even the ovens and cooktops in Cornwall are uniquely Cornish. The Cornish slab is cast iron, produced in Cornwall, and is still a popular Cornish stove. Or, you may want a masonry oven called a clome. Most fireplaces had a come, build into the chimney to take advantage of rising heat. So, as you are surfing in Cornwall, don’t forget your pasty, and share in the rich heritage of the region.

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