Located in the southwest part of the Great Britain peninsula, almost the whole of Cornwall is surrounded by sea. Its three sides are surrounded by bodies of water so the county has an abundance of seafood, especially fish. However, there are more cuisines in Cornwall that do not revolve around fish. If it is your first time in this English county, then this list is perfect for you as it gives the must-try dishes you should at least taste before leaving the county.
Because of its fame and ubiquity, the Cornish Pasty can easily pass off as the national dish of Cornwall. The pasty is made up of diced beef, onions, potatoes, swede, and turnip wrapped and baked until it looks golden. It looks like a “D” but it also looks like a seashell with a braided side. This pastry is also known as “oggies” by the locals and you can see this almost in every house in Cornwall.
The Cornish Pasty got its roots from the mining industry of the county. During the 17th to 18th century when mining was one of its main economic industries, miners’ wives baked pasties so that their husbands could eat to-go food that will surely fill their stomachs. It has come a long way since then and no other pasty deserves the name when it is not made from Cornwall.
Cornwall produces a lot of dairies and one of them is clotted cream. This clotted cream is best paired with traditional English Tea. But Cornwall’s cream tea is more than just clotted cream and tea. To make the perfect cream tea, you prepare a fresh scone and slice it in half. Then you put strawberry jam and top it off with a generous amount of clotted cream.
To add to the clotted cream craze, you might want to try eating Cornish ice cream as well. This sumptuous dessert is made with fresh clotted cream and can be found in Cornwall.
Of all 60 kinds of cheese you can find in Cornwall, Cornish Yarg is the most famous and that’s because it is wrapped in nettles and ranges from semi-hard to soft underneath. It is made from pasteurized cow’s milk which is abundant in the county. Cornish Yarg got its name from Allan and Jenny Gray in the 1960’s with their last name spelled backward.
Since Cornwall has an abundance of fish supply, we cannot do away with dishes without it. If you are a tourist in Cornwall, it is best that you try the stargazy pie. Stargazy pie has a history behind it like the Cornish pasty. It started when a fisherman went off to sea to get fish for his village. He was able to get seven different kinds of fish and what he did was mix them all in one pie. Tada! There came stargazy pie.
The taste itself is unique (imagine having different kinds of fish with different tastes), but what makes it more unique is its appearance. The pie has fish heads jutting out of the pie itself and it might make you uneasy in eating it.