What is a Cornish Pasty

The Traditional Cornish Pasty, which since 2011 has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe, is a pastry case filled with beef, sliced or diced potato, swede (also known as yellow turnip or rutabaga), onion and seasoned with salt and pepper. The pastry should be golden and retain its shape when cooked and cooled. PGI status also means that a true Cornish Pasty must be prepared (but not necessarily baked) in Cornwall in the south-west of England.

The exact origins of the Pasty are a point of debate, though there are many references throughout historical documents and fiction dating back centuries. The Cornish Pasty is now popular world-wide mainly due to the migration of Cornish miners in the late 19th century who found them perfect for eating when working down in the mines because of their robust and simple design. Variations can now be found in Australia, the United States, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and many other places.

Usually eaten hot fresh from a paper bag and now available with a wide range of delicious savoury fillings, the Cornish Pasty is an unpretentious, delicious comfort food suitable for anyone to enjoy at anytime and anywhere.