Black pudding

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A Scottish cooked breakfast, including black pudding, served with Scottish square sausage, baked beans, mushrooms, and fried bread.
A single battered deep-fried chip shop black pudding (approx. 20 cm (7.9 in) long), sliced open.

Black pudding is a type of blood sausage commonly eaten in Great Britain, Ireland and in other parts of Europe. It is generally made from pork fat or beef suet, pork blood and a relatively high proportion of oatmeal, in some recipes mixed with oat groats and sometimes even barley groats.

Consumption

Black pudding is often grilled, fried, baked or boiled in its skin. It can be eaten cold as it is cooked in production.

It was occasionally flavoured with pennyroyal, differing from continental European versions in its relatively limited range of ingredients and reliance on oatmeal and barley instead of onions or chitterlings to absorb and be mixed with the blood.[1]

In the United Kingdom,[2] black pudding is considered a delicacy in the Black Country, the West Midlands, Stornoway, the North West of England, and especially in Lancashire (in towns such as Bury), where it is traditionally boiled and served with malt vinegar out of paper wrapping.[3] The Stornoway black pudding, made in the Western Isles of Scotland, has been granted Protected Geographical Indicator of Origin status. In the wake of this designation, butchers in Bury sought to demonstrate their history of manufacturing and selling the product. One such claim dates back to 1810.[4]

Black puddings are also served sliced and fried or grilled as part of a traditional full breakfast in much of the UK and Ireland, a tradition that followed British and Irish emigrants around the world. Black pudding is now part of the local cuisine of the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.[5]

In Scotland and the north of England, chip shops commonly sell black pudding battered and deep-fried. Prepared in this way, it is eaten as a meal with chips, replacing the better-known battered fish.

It is also commonly used as a reward treat in canine training.[citation needed]

Novel culinary uses for black pudding include black pudding ice cream,[6] while perhaps more conventional modern recipes include using it as an accompaniment to pigeon[7] or scallops.[8]

Nutrition

Black pudding is a good source of protein, is low in carbohydrate and high in zinc and iron.[9]

Festivals

Since the 1980s, the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships has been held in Ramsbottom.[10] The humorous competition invokes the traditional Lancashire – Yorkshire rivalry, with participants throwing the black puddings at piles of Yorkshire puddings.[11] It takes place annually in September, and draws thousands of competitors and spectators to the town.[12]

In past years the Bacup Food and Black Pudding Festival has been held in Bacup.[13][6]

Manchester Egg

The "Manchester Egg" is a modern variant of the Scotch egg.[14] It features Lancashire black pudding encasing a pickled egg.[15][16]

See also

References

  1. ^ Jaine, T. and Davidson, A. The Oxford companion to food, OUP, 2006, p.104
  2. ^ "The Black Pudding". The English Breakfast Society. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Dishes Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 30 April 2010
  4. ^ Paul Britton (10 January 2013). "Proof of black pudding's birthplace is back home in Bury". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Marystown man enjoys making traditional Newfoundland fare". Southern Gazette. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Black pudding ice cream unveiled". 26 August 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gordon Ramsay prepares pigeon salad, black pudding and pancetta - The F Word". Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "BBC Food: Scallops with bacon, black pudding and colcannon". Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Blood sausage – Nutrition Facts". SELFNutritionData. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ramsbottom World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Paul Britton (7 September 2015). "The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships return to Ramsbottom on Sunday". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Dan O'Donoghue (14 September 2015). "PICTURES: Thousands flock to Ramsbottom for World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Rossendale Free Press. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Samrana Hussain. "A crack at world record". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Paul Vallely (19 November 2011). "Great Scotch! Manchester's take on the Scotch egg has become a snack sensation". The Independent. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Tom Brooks-Pollock (24 September 2011). "Scrambling for a new taste sensation - the Manchester Egg". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Manchester egg recipe". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
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