Saturday, 14 April 2012

Devonshire Delicacies: The Best Devon has to Offer - Food

If you are planning a family holiday to Devon then you will need to know what local delicacies to look out for while on your stay. In this article we will run through some of the finest produces and delicacies the region has to offer

Devonshire Cream TeasFirst off we will start with one you probably are already aware of. Everyone has probably tried a cream tea at some point in there life, but you can't beat having one in Devon. For those of you who don't know what a Cream Tea is, it's a combination of Scones, clotted cream and jam (preferably strawberry). You will traditionally find these served in tea rooms but they can also be found in pubs and cafes. The origins aren't exactly known of the Cream tea, but there is evidence to suggest that Monks at Tavistock Abbey in Devon used to eat cream and jam on bread in the 11th Century. There is also some controversy about the correct way to prepare your scone. From research the correct Devonshire way is to put cream then jam on top, whereas the Cornish way is said to be butter, then jam, then Cream. I bet you didn't know there was such a science to it.

BuckfastBuckfast Abbey in Devon is famous for producing Buckfast Tonic Wine which is also known as just Buckfast or Buckie. This wine dates back to the 1890s where the Benedictine monks used recipes from France. The wine was originally sold by the abbey as a medicine, but in 1927 they lost their licence to sell alcohol so they formed a deal with wine merchants to distribute the wine. The wine is now popular in places around the country such as Scotland and Ireland, but more surprisingly is popular in destinations such as Spain, Australia and the Caribbean.

Burts crispsThis is more of a modern delicacy that you may have seen around the country, but originates from Devon. Burts crisps were one of the first companies to put hand cooked crisps onto the market. The company boasts that they use specially selected potatoes that come direct from the farm, are then peeled and sliced into a cauldron of sunflower oil. They then stirred and fried for six minutes, removed, inspected, seasoned and packed. The company offers there crisps in a wide range of unusually flavours from your standard sea salt to lobster, chilli lemon and bloody mary. To make the crisps extra special each packet includes the name of the fryer who was in charge of creating your crisps

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