Regional Curios

1) Haggis (Scotland / UK)

Haggis is a traditional national dish in Scotland. But it is also very famous in the whole United Kingdom, so that there are even several companies that are producing and selling canned haggis. So what does Haggis consist of? Haggis is a hearty pudding which is made by stuffing a sheep stomach bag with shredded sheep's entrails, like liver, heart and lungs, mixed with oatmeal as well as herbs and spices. This mixture is then boiled for about 3 to 4 hours until the oatmeal thickens and solidifies and the Haggis becomes a firm and thick pudding. The surrounding sheep stomach bag is then opened and the inside is eaten.

Haggis is a very meaty dish and clearly nothing for vegetarians or people who don't like offal. The Scottish cook Paul Harris even introduces Haggis recipes in his books with the warning "The following recipe is not for the weak of constitution!". Although Haggis is eaten throughout the year, the 25th January is traditionally the day, when Haggis is eaten most in Scotland (during the so-called "Burns Supper"). It is the birthday of the famous Scottish poet Sir Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) who wrote the poem "Address to a Haggis" celebrating his appreciation of this dish.

                               "How It's Made: Haggis"

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This part of the article was written by Erik Voigt of the Department of Food Biotechnology and Food Process Engineering, Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin), Berlin, Germany and of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), Wageningen, The Netherlands.