Aside from the regular fruit/veg/meat produce, here (or eerrrr) is a selection of some more luxurious Cornish specialities… Some healthy some naughty some nice – not everything is purist in a nutrition sense but it’s all good in balance and all local craftsmanship! Treats allowed after all and this is just a few I’ve stumbled across in my hunt for little luxuries.
Firstly, did you know that Cornwall is largest producer of daffodils in the world?! Neither did I till recently… there you have it! Now daffodils aside, back to the more edible produce…
From the Sea
The Cornish Seaweed Company
Being on a peninsula and surrounded by ocean, I thought it only appropriate to start with some ocean treasures… When people think of Cornwall, they often think of the amazing seafood on offer, however they often skip on the equally amazing sea-plants! Get some pre-packaged seaweed goodness from ‘The Cornish Seaweed Company’, who offer sustainable wild harvested seaweed. Soil Association Certified too… Many health stores stock their products but you can purchase via the online shop too. The website provides some recipe inspiration for those new to sea greens 🙂
To a Cuppa Tea
Have yourself a truly Cornish Brew from Tregothnan estate, near Tresillian, Truro. A private botanic garden, woodland and tea plantation! Both regular English black/green tea and a range of herbal teas. Vast estate with agriculture, grounds. Also a producer of Manuka honey thanks to the Manuka bushes planted on the estate! And sustainable charcoal… Take a look at the online shop for some luxury products/gifts. Open to the public occasionally but it is a private estate.
Or Perhaps Coffee…
OK the coffee isn’t grown in Cornwall but it is roasted and produced here. There is a focus on Fairtrade, ethically sourced beans and environmentally friendly practices.
Single origin coffee roasted in Cornwall, a company with a good range of eco-credentials, from solar power to biomass boilers to recycling of waste and low impact packaging. Read more here:
To the Water of Life
Cornish Alcoholic Brews… Gins, Wines, Ales… All in moderation of course! 😉
My pick because it is organic! Organic gins, vodkas and ales, liqueurs – you name it. Even an organic Limoncello. Located on the north Cornwall coast but available to buy online or in a variety of farm shops.
Woodman’s Wild Ale
Seasonal ale made from foraged hedgerow ingredients which change depending on the seasons.
Apparently gin is now the country’s number 1 tipple?! Curio Gin is made from Cornish native coastal plants such as Rock Samphire.
You may be familiar with this Cornish gin, however more unusual is the Cornish Pastis (aniseed liqueur) – stealing a French favourite and blending it with 13 wild botanicals.
Trevethan Cornish Gin
Trevethan Cornish Gin again using some local hedgerow plants. Spring water used in distillation is sourced from a well on the farm.
Trevibban Mill Vineyard
Organic vineyard and orchard near Padstow – also working towards 100% energy self-sufficiency too! Wines are available to purchase online or you can sample them at wine bar on site or book in for a wine tasting.
Still wines, sparkling and cider.They have a strong environmental ethos, recycling policy and a minimal packaging commitment.
To the staff of life – Bread!
A few standout Bakeries. Not just any bakeries, but bakers who make proper sourdough bread – the most digestible form of traditional bread available. It also keeps for a lot longer than yeasted breads, as the lactic acid bacteria produce natural antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds. No artificial additives needed! I would go for organic where possible, as grains are a heavily sprayed crop.
Pavillion Bakery Newquay
Located on 37 Fore Street. I had the sourdough multi-seed loaf and it was sublime – dense, nutty and slightly sour tasting – the latter, a sign of a good sourdough.
Sells sourdough bread, sometimes organic. Located in Falmouth, Wadebridge, Pool and Penzance – you can also find his bread in Truro (in the Cornish Food Box and the Great Cornish Food Store). They also run sourdough bread-making workshops.
Yummy Scrummy Bakery in Truro
New kid on the block. This little bakery is tucked away on Quay street, sells sourdough bread, sometimes organic.
Da Bara Bakery
Da Bara Bakery is on the outskirts of Truro, near Tregony just off A3078. Have a cafe too. Traditionally made breads. Available in several farm shops including the Cornish Food Box.
The Little Bakehouse
In Launceston, this self-proclaimed ‘Home of Real Cornish Sourdough’ also has a cafe. Love that they use stoneground organic flour and no artificial nasties 🙂
St Ives Bakery
Range of quality breads made by slow fermentation over 48hours rather than using excessive yeasts. They also do pure organic sourdough. St Ives Bakery, 52 Fore Street, St Ives.
Quay Bakery Fowey
Located on 37 Fore street Fowey. Traditional bakery. Does some good value sourdough loaves. Not organic (I don’t think) but still traditionally made. They also sell dry sourdough starter flakes if you fancy making your own..
The Old Bakery Cafe
In Cawsand (close to Plymouth). They specialise in sourdough made using unbleached, organic flour. Run sourdough masterclasses in the autumn and spring.
Stones Bakery, High street Falmouth. Natural sourdough and traditional fermented breads.
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick (near Launceston). Organic sourdough bread. Bakery is open for sales on site even though this is predominantly a wholesale business. However you can pre-order bread to collect too.. Sourdough making workshops run throughout the year.
Red Dog Bakery
Also check out the famous Red Dog Bakery in Torrington, Devon. OK so it’s not Cornwall but it’s not too far away from the Cornwall-Devon border! A sourdough mecca, their breads take 12-17 hours to prepare.
Finishing off with ‘Food of the Gods’
Chocolate that is… Full of antioxidants if you go for the dark 70%+ stuff! The first is named just that…
Food of the Gods
Raw, organic, fairtrade and handcrafted in a family kitchen.
Cornwall’s Chocolate Cove
Cornwall’s Chocolate Cove – vegan, organic, dairy-free, gluten-free and comes in biodegradable packaging. Flavour combinations look divine and they make for pretty gifts too.
The Raw Chocolate Pie Company
Raw chocolate goodness – fudgy raw chocolate. Suitable for vegans/dairy-free/gluten-freeites and all without compromise on taste.
Hailing from a little village called Ponsanooth, not far from Falmouth. Ethical, locally made chocolate. Cocoa beans are sourced directly from the farmers themselves and are grown organically without the use of pesticides. A lovely add-on is that the beans are delivered to our shores via sailboats, which wait for the wind to push them along our way 🙂 Low carbon transportation!
Kernow Chocolate – handmade in Cornwall. Sustainably grown and ethically sourced – a supporter of the ‘cocoa horizons’ initiative to ensure the future sustainability and quality of cocoa farming.