Get Lucky: Your Guide to Ireland’s Top Culinary Exports
Mar 10th, 2015
Beyond its picturesque rolling pastures and medieval castles, Ireland is home to some of the world’s most popular beer and spirits. Its bustling pubs and fanfare eateries attract foodies both near and far that are interested in exploring its many culinary attractions, including one of the world’s best walking food tours.
While a trip to the Emerald Isle may not be in your immediate future, you don’t have to go far to enjoy some of its staple items.
Ahead, find four travel-worthy Irish fixings in your nearest Albertsons’ aisle.
1. Corned Beef
At the cornerstone of modern Irish cuisine, corned beef gets its name from pieces of rock salt used to cure and preserve meat, also known as “corned” salt. Because meat was mostly consumed by the wealthy in Gaelic Ireland, a 12th century poem mentions this salted beef was eaten by kings. As corned beef later became more accessible, newly immigrated Irish-Americans associated St. Patrick’s Day with their heritage and crowned this dish king. It is most commonly served alongside potatoes and tender-cooked cabbage. Need a recipe? We found the perfect one on our Pinterest! Click here.
2. Irish Butter
In a category of its own, Irish butter’s soft and creamy texture spreads easily across any piece of toast. Its sweet taste and golden color is a result of a higher percentage of butterfat than found in most American dairy products. You can try putting a spoonful of Irish butter in your morning cup of joe to make bulletproof coffee at home.
Irish cheese is the not-so-distant cousin of Irish butter made mostly from grass-fed cows. Ireland’s rich cheesemaking history rivals that of any other European country and offers an array of cheese wheels to enchant even the most discerning caseophile. Unlikely other gimmicky green St. Paddy’s Day products, these green cheeses are worth trying.
This wouldn’t be a complete list without mentioning an Irishman’s love for beer. Ranking amongst the top four beer consuming countries in Europe, the Irish know a thing or two about producing more than 850 million liters of beer each year, with lager and stout making popular choices.
Crafting Ireland’s most popular and successful beer export, Guinness, is a tall order that they’ve got down to a science. More than 1.5 million tourists visited the Guinness Storehouse in 2014 to learn the art of the pour, which makes it the number one attraction in Ireland. Luckily, Guinness delivers the same quality brew it perfected 250 years ago.
If you’re feeling lucky, take your chances on these festive options and let us know how you celebrate below in the comments.