Where there is good home baking, delicious handmade preserves are unlikely to be far away – and this is certainly true of the North-West of Ireland.
Since 1997, for example, Filligans, one of Ireland’s most respected ranges of traditionally handmade preserves, has been made by Sara and Philip Moss away up in the unlikely location of Glenties in north-west Donegal, and in 2000 they won an Irish Food Writers’ Guild Good Food Award for the exceptional quality and wonderful flavour of their products.
Although the business has expanded - and with it their commercial kitchen - Filligans products are still made in the traditional homemade way, and the recipes they use have either been passed on to them by family and friends or they have developed them themselves.
Sara and Philip started making their small batches of jams and chutneys for just one shop in Dublin, and their growing range is now available from a network of carefully selected specialist outlets - and they’re one of those special artisan foods that find their way into the very best hampers.
When visiting the area, you’ll spot them in quality shops, and also on menus in some of the nicest places to eat and stay.