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: