If someone were to ask you what you think the very best thing to come from Ireland would be, what would you answer? Without a second of hesitation, I would say corned beef and cabbage, which is my absolute favorite meal. Except I would be wrong.

Anyone who says corned beef and cabbage is their favorite thing to come out of Ireland would be wrong and not about the meal being delicious, but about it being from Ireland.

Get our free mobile app

 

While corned beef and cabbage might be a coveted and dish that we have come to consider a traditional treat for St. Patrick's Day, the dish is not something that you would find on the menu of a restaurant in Ireland on the holiday because it isn't even a dish native to Ireland!

The True Origins of Corned Beef and Cabbage

When the first generation of Irish immigrants came to America, they longed for the comfort foods of their homeland. One of those foods is boiled bacon which is a traditional meat served in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. Our newly arrived in America ancestors were still trying to catch their financial footing weren't able to afford bacon products because they were out of their budget. So, they searched for the cheapest cut of meat that they could find and that cut was beef brisket.

Why Is Corned Beef Called Corned Beef?

Unless there's something sneaky going on that we don't know about, there's no corn in corned beef so why is it called "corned beef?" Well, thanks to the influence of other immigrants from around the world, the Irish decided to give the concept of brining the meat a try instead of boiling it as they traditionally would have and found that they rather liked it. The "corned" in corned beef refers to the corn sized chunks of salt used in traditional brine methods.

Why Is Cabbage Served With Corned Beef?

After discovering how much they loved the taste of brined beef brisket, our Irish ancestors had to decide what vegetable to pair with it and since cabbage was among the cheapest vegetables available, it won, and luckily for us, it works perfectly!

PEEK INSIDE: Derek Jeter is Selling His Stunning Hudson Valley Lakeside Castle For Discounted Price

LOOK: Milestones in women's history from the year you were born

Women have left marks on everything from entertainment and music to space exploration, athletics, and technology. Each passing year and new milestone makes it clear both how recent this history-making is in relation to the rest of the country, as well as how far we still need to go. The resulting timeline shows that women are constantly making history worthy of best-selling biographies and classroom textbooks; someone just needs to write about them.

Scroll through to find out when women in the U.S. and around the world won rights, the names of women who shattered the glass ceiling, and which country's women banded together to end a civil war.

15 Iconic Retail Stores That Don't Exist Anymore (But We Totally Miss Shopping At)