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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cornish Pasty

The Cornish Pasty originally evolved to meet the needs of tin mining, in Cornwall. These pasties contained meat and vegetables wrapped in pastry, sometimes one end contains jam or fruit as well thus giving the hard-working men a very practical lunch (or "croust”, as they called it) down in the dark and damp tunnels of the mine.

Cornish housewives would mark their husband's initials on the left-hand side of the pastry casing, in order to avoid confusion at lunchtime.

Henry VIII's queen, Jane Seymour, is known to have enjoyed a Cornish pasty on several occasions.

The earliest known reference to a ‘Cornish pasty’ was in 1877.

The largest-ever Cornish pasty weighed 1,900lb and was 15ft long. It was made in Bodmin, Cornwall in 2010.

The world's only Cornish Pasty museum can be found in the Mexican mountain town of Real De Monte, over 4500 miles away from Cornwall.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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