Grown, Picked and Pressed at Attyflin Estate
The O’Connell family have been owners of the historic Attyflin Estate for over 17 years. A vision of showcasing the exceptional produce of this 250 acre estate has come to fruition with the development of their range of homegrown Attyflin Estate food and drink products including, pressed apple juice, cider vinegar, jams, chutneys and preserves.
Located on Ireland’s Golden Vale in Co. Limerick, this rich heartland is well known for growing exceptional food and Attyflin Estate’s offering is no exception. The Estate produces 8 varieties of apples. Varieties include Katy, an early season apple, bright red in colour with hints of green and yellow bringing a very unique flavour and distinct colour to the finished juiced product; Elstar which is well known for its natural sweetness along with a deep red coloured Rosette, noted to have hints of raspberry and strawberry in flavour – some other varieties include Cevaal, Cheerful Gold and Jona. Most varieties are dessert and eating apples which are found to be better for juicing. The Estate also grows cooking apples which of course are the key ingredient in creating some all-round favourite apple tarts.
The saying from farm to shelf has really found meaning when we talk about Attyflin Estate. Each apple is handpicked during harvest which takes place over September and October. All fruit is pressed, juiced and bottled on the Estate before being sent out to stockists. Consumers can be assured that low food miles are used in the creation of this range of food and drink products.
Along with stunning orchards of apples, Attyflin’s Walled Garden is a sight to behold and has been producing fruit and other delicacies for over 250 years. Soft fruits such as blackcurrants are used in their juices, along with a selection of loganberries, tayberries, grapes, figs and more are expertly grown with the help of progressive irrigation techniques and a dedicated horticultural team.
Attyflin Estate’s Juices feature an eclectic range of flavours that are full of natural flavour and contain no added sugar. Try the favourite Irish Apple Juice both in still and sparkling flavours, that will give you the taste of the orchard no matter where you’re drinking it from. Home grown blackcurrants from the Walled Garden make a great combination with the apple, giving that enticing balance of sweet and tart. Irish Apple and Elderflower Infusion and Irish Apple and Hibiscus Infusion subtly compliment the apple giving a pleasant flavour profile as you sip.
Soft fruit produced on the Estate is used to create a variety of jams and preserves that are an excellent accompaniment to our favourite foods. The range includes a Plum Sauce that goes well with grilled pork or cheeses. The Pear Chutney adds great flavour to cold meats and cheeses. Create a delicious ham glaze for the Sunday roast with Attyflin’s very own Apple Sauce. Blackcurrant and Gooseberry jars of Preserves are also available to buy among other products.
Attyflin Estate also produce a wonderful Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, created to provide the maximum amount of nutrients for healthy living. Fermented before being exposed to the Irish air, this Raw Apple Cider Vinegar contains no additives, isn’t diluted or pasteurised. The Cider Vinegar also features ‘The Mother’, a selection of friendly bacteria and yeasts. A versatile product that can be used in cooking and making some healthy tonics, make sure that this is part of your kitchen cupboard staples.
Attyflin Estate are keen to promote the wonderful food produced on the Estate and have done this with great success through their food and drink products. Going forward the Attyflin team want to build on this by growing the brand awareness both at home and abroad along with tying in the historic buildings located on the land, which have their own fascinating stories to tell.