Millennials think Britain’s traditional dishes don’t exist

Abut 10 per cent of those surveyed thought that black pudding, Eton mess, bangers and mash were fictitious foods.

Some of the UK’s favorite snacks were also relatively unknown by younger people, according to the research. Only 22 per cent of millennials have never tried a Scotch egg, while 18 per cent think that it is not a real foodstuff.

Seren Charrington-Hollins, one of Britain’s top food historians, said: “As a nation, our culinary history is rich with stories and delicious dishes.

“My work as a food historian means I understand that over time, peoples’ preferences and tastes tend to change, but it was surprising to learn that such a large chunk of people are not au fait with classics such as bangers and mash and toad in the hole.”

Some of the UK’s most famous dishes from the home nations are also surprisingly unpopular, according to the research.

Only half of people have heard of the Scottish classic neeps and tatties, with that number dropping to as few as a quarter in London. A third of people in Wales have also not tried Welsh rarebit.

Ms Charrington-Hollins also conducted further research into the origins of some of the UK’s slightly lesser-known regional delicacies.

Stargazy pie is a Cornish dish made of baked pilchards, along with eggs and potatoes, covered with a pastry crust.

The historian said that the heads of the pilchards appear through the crust as if they were studying the stars, hence the name.

Pease pudding, popular in the North East of England, is a savory dish made of boiled legumes, typically split yellow peas with salt and spices, often cooked with a joint of ham in the same pot.

The historian found that pease is the Middle English word for pea. The name pease pudding refers to a type of porridge made with yellow split peas. Fresh peas were never used as they would spoil quickly hence why the dry, yellow split pea would be favoured.

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