Producing Great Food In Northern Ireland


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In 2006, with help from her Mum, she took her oils to St George’s Market in Belfast and other festival markets. Customer feedback was very positive, particularly on the Hemp Seed Oil, a fairly new oil on the Irish food scene. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Harnetts Oils are produced in small batches. Homegrown seeds for the Hemp and Rapeseed oils are virgin pressed in a small seed press and bottled by hand. Harnett’s Hemp Oil is a dark green oil, for some an acquired taste, but works very well in dressings and smoothies. This oil is has a unique balance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, for heart health, but also credited with helping conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and other health problems. Harnett’s Rapeseed Oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6 to help lower cholesterol. It’s high smoke point means its great for cooking stir fries. Add it also to marinades and use it for roasting. Harnett’s Rapeseed Oil adds a nutty rounded tastes to any dish. 

Also produced are gift packed little tasting bottles  and larger bottles of flavoured oils for dressings and marinades. Harnett’s Oils took Best in Farmer’s Market at the Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle this year.  

The Harnett family also produce sea salt under the Duvillaun label. Taken from Dubhoileán, The Black Island, off the coast of County Mayo. ‘Our sea salt comes from sea water hand harvested from around the island, which is known to have some of the cleanest waters in the world and is a protected area. We process the sea water and package the salt in our own plant at our Waringstown Estate. Our sea salt comes from what is probably the cleanest water on the planet.’ Jane says. 

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Armagh is known as The Orchard County, famous for its apples. No surprise then, to find the Armagh Cider Company leading the way in craft cider making. At Ballinteggert House, just outside Portadown, the Troughton family are the fourth generation to grow apples. Their orchards have been established here since 1898. Philip and Helen Troughton own the Armagh Cider company. But it was Philip's father who planted the seeds of cider success, with a long held dream to make the cider on the Armagh farm. Philip realised that dream, introducing Carson’s Cider in 2006. The range now includes Madden’s Mellow Cider, Doyles Dry, Medium or Sweet Ciders and Doyles seasonal Summer Fruit , Autumn Berry and Honey ciders. 

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The Troughton’s also make fresh AJ Apple Juice and Honey Spiced Apple Juice, perfect for this time of year when you can heat it up for a mulled apple juice winter drink. Another convenient winter warmer is Molloy’s Mulled Cider, made with Armagh cider and spices. 

You’ll find White Chocolate and Blackberry, Chocolate and Salted Caramel, Yellow Honeycomb, Strawberry Blonde and Rhubarb and Custard among the choices. Glastry also comes in five litre catering packs for the hospitality industry. If you’re a café or small restaurant who doesn’t have the facility to make your own ice creams for dessert, there is no shame in offering these artisan farm produced ice creams to customers. They couldn’t be better if you made them yourself! Berry Berry Blueberry, Hint of Mint and Lavender Honey are all available in catering sizes.