Food and Drink in Co. Mayo

County Mayo possesses the perfect mix of food and drink and can give the right idea of what traditional Irish cuisine can offer visitors.

The Irish cuisine is very well known in the world for its simple and wholesome dishes.

The clear waters and the green pasture give to the dishes the main ingredients such as freshwater fish: trout and salmon ( frequently smoked ), meat: beef, chicken, goose, lamb, mutton, pork and offal and seafood: mackerel, cod, mussels, oysters and lobster.

Dairy ingredients come from the numerous farms: butter, rich full-fat milk and buttermilk and above all the delicious cheese: Ardrahan, Durrus, Cashel blue, Gubben and Carrowholly, the only cheese from County Mayo, made using raw cow's milk and vegetarian rennet.

In the fields fresh vegetables grow, including: cabbage, curly kale, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, rhubarb and herb ; the main cultivated grains are: barley, oats and wheat.

A wide variety of delicious fruits are grown in Ireland ranging from apples, pears, plums, strawberries and blackberries to gooseberries, loganberries and raspberries.

As result the representative Irish dishes include:

Potatoes Dishes

Potato is the main ingredient of the most representative Irish dishes.

Breads

In Ireland Baking Bread is a tradition started thousand of years ago and in every home bread-making was an important part of daily life.

Irish Breakfast

An Irish Breakfast is not just a breakfast but it is a fully cooked meal.

Irish Stew

Irish Stew, called in Irish language Stobhach, is Ireland's national dish.

Seafood

Mayo has a long tradition of fishing and a good variety of seafood dishes are served; often fish is called with the Irish names.

Scones and other Desserts

Scones and other Irish traditional desserts are made of very simple ingredients and they belong to the peasants tradition.

Traditional Beverage

The most popular alcoholic drinks are beer and whiskey but the most common and popular Irish non-alcoholic drink is tea.