Ballymaloe originated as a Norman castle in the mid 15th century. Today, the 400-acre estate, 20 miles from the city of Cork, is home to a superb farm-to-table restaurant and a variety of guest rooms and cottages. For the past 30 years, the Allen family has also operated a world-renown cooking school nearby in Kinoith. In May, 2013, Ballymaloe was the site of the Travel Classics travel writing conference, during which Darina Allen, of the Cookery School, took a few of us on a foraging walk around the grounds and into the woods.
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The Honor System
Outside the organic gardens of Ballymaloe House in County Cork, passersby are encouraged to pick up the morning's fresh offerings--including flowers, rhubarb, and farm eggs--and leave payment in the money box.