The world's first dedicated food atlas, which was three years in the making, launched online recently.
TasteAtlas is an interactive food map, which includes dishes and ingredients from all over the world. Users can search the map by ingredient, place or dish, which allows them to access a wealth of knowledge at the click of a button. The founder of TasteAtlas, Matija Babic, is a Croatian journalist who says he wants to educate people around the world about different foods.
A look at Ireland on the TasteAtlas map is very interesting; there is a detailed list of popular dishes, alongside popular ingredients and food products. The list, which can be seen on the TasteAtlas website, includes Irish stew, the full Irish, bacon and cabbage, coddle and, predictably, the spice bag.
The product list highlights some of Ireland’s best, featuring Clare Island salmon, Connemara Hill lamb, Oriel sea salt and a range of fantastic cheeses like Gubbeen, Durrus and Ardrahan.
The Dublin map from TasteAtlas, which is pictured at the top of this article, includes the best the county has to offer, like Baileys, breakfast rolls and corned beef sandwich. While we’re partial to a good breakfast roll every now and then (who isn’t?), we’d love to see the map expanded to cover everything that Dublin and the rest of the country have to offer.
When we spoke to Matija, he told us that expansion is on the cards:
“We would like to map all dishes, beverages, ingredients and food products. If a dish, ingredient, or drink hasn’t yet been included in our database, it will at some point in the future.
There are tens of thousands of little-known dishes and ingredients to be covered. Along with quantity, I also want to work on the quality of covering the dishes and ingredients. For now, we include only the basic, a description and a photo, but I also want stories, galleries, videos that will bring people to meadows with cows and shepherds, to authentic sausage producers, to grandmothers making dishes that might be forgotten.
I also want to offer quality information about farmers markets and food events. If you visit Galway at the end of March, besides knowing that it’s worth to try Guinness Oysters and Connemara Hill Lamb, I also want you to know about the Galway Food Festival.”
While colcannon is a quintessentially Irish dish, I’d love to see more of our contemporary foods and products added to the list, like Boyne Valley blue cheese, Rosscarbery black pudding and Beara gin. We have so many amazing producers in Ireland that would be fantastic additions to the map, like Firehouse Bakery or the Burren Smokehouse.
If you could add anything to the Irish entry of the TasteAtlas, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below.
You can explore TasteAtlas at this link.
Read more: Meet Matija Babic, the Man Behind TasteAtlas