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The offal truth about American haggis
BBC News Magazine ^ | 24th January 2013 | Jon Kelly

Posted on 01/24/2013 4:44:45 PM PST by the scotsman

'Traditional Scottish haggis is banned in the United States. With Burns Night looming, how do fans satisfy their taste for oatmeal and offal?

For aficionados, it is the "great chieftain o' the pudding-race".

To sceptics, however, it is a gruesome mush of sheep's innards - and for decades American authorities have agreed.

Authentic Scottish haggis has been banned in the United States since 1971, when the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first took a dim view of one of its key ingredients - sheep's lung.

While millions of people around the world will enjoy, or endure, a Burns Night helping on 25 January, those in the US who want to celebrate Scotland's national bard in the traditional manner are compelled to improvise.

Some choose to stage offal-free Burns suppers, and for most people not raised in Scotland, the absence of the dish - comprising sheep's "pluck" (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, all soaked in stock and then boiled in either a sausage casing or a sheep's stomach - might be no great hardship.

But for many expat Scots and Scots-Americans, the notion of Burns Supper without haggis is as unthinkable as Thanksgiving without turkey.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banned; haggis; sheep; us

1 posted on 01/24/2013 4:44:48 PM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Dead sheep lung ping.......


2 posted on 01/24/2013 4:55:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: the scotsman; SevenofNine; TigerLikesRooster; Charles Henrickson
Haggis.

With kimchee.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 4:57:01 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: the scotsman
Look, I was well into my late 40s before finding out that LUTEFISKE was that awful fish concoction the school cafeteria's dished up on Fridays ~ back home in Indiana.

Although there's no large, well known, self-identifying Scandinavian group in Indiana, the Danes dominate Indianapolis and environs well enough to impose this stuff on everybody else.

4 posted on 01/24/2013 4:57:13 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: the scotsman

All my ancestors except one Irish GGrandmother are Scottish.

Haggis is probably tasty but I just could not get up the nerve to try it. I guess my parents were the last generation who would eat Chitlins, Hogs Head Cheese, Pork Brains etc.

I guess they grew up eating it so it doesn’t seem so bad.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 5:06:04 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: the scotsman

At the risk of provoking a national incident I’d like to suggest that a nice bit of kielbasa will stand in nicely for haggis, in a pinch. Or in a rare moment of lucidity.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 5:07:17 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: the scotsman

I have never eaten haggis and never expect to. Being only one quarter Scot (Burnett), I must say I haven’t missed it.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 5:17:46 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: the scotsman

Comment for all democrats...
If it looks good “eat it”, but if it tastes like crap.. DON’T..

If you’re not a democrat you may not need this information..


8 posted on 01/24/2013 5:22:10 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: the scotsman

I am Scots-Irish by blood, but I would not care to eat haggis. When I get a craving for oatmeal, I simply ask my bride to make cookies. LOL

However, I don’t think that it should have been banned in the U.S.

Some folks eat beef heart, tongue, liver and brains.... oh, and testicles. Then there is chicken feet, fish head soup and the list goes on.

If I knew a real Scotsman that knew how to make haggis, I might try a wee bit of it.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 5:23:25 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: martin_fierro

With wasabi would be more appropriate.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 5:37:15 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: the scotsman

Strange that the same folks that would bolt down this delicacy are the ones that in the 1700’s would set up a wonderful distillate industry in West Virginia and environs.

Probably wanted to wash the taste out of their mouths.


11 posted on 01/24/2013 5:37:28 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: the scotsman
Yum. Sounds like the perfect way to spread Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. What an amazing biological weapon.

One question. How do you Scots convince the English to eat it?

12 posted on 01/24/2013 5:39:04 PM PST by Flatus I. Maximus (If you're reading this, you are the resistance.)
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To: the scotsman

Yuck. Haggis and/or organ meats.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 5:39:26 PM PST by madison10
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To: the scotsman

"Get your Haggis right here! Chopped heart and lungs boiled in a wee sheep's stomach! Tastes as good as it sounds. Good for what ails 'ye."

14 posted on 01/24/2013 5:40:15 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

I wish you had not brought this subject up. I’ve been thinking about it, now I think I need to try it. I am wondering what my wife will say when I tell her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1bJkTRawGE


15 posted on 01/24/2013 5:42:42 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: muawiyah

That’s child abuse.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 5:43:39 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: muawiyah
If you ever find yourself dining out in New Zealand....... don't order the White Bait!
17 posted on 01/24/2013 5:43:51 PM PST by Ditter
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To: yarddog
Everything a hog's got gits et ~ but the difference is in the how. North of the Ohio things get turned into various sorts of luncheon meats. South of the Ohio things just get chilled and sent out for sale.

That's possibly the deepest cultural divide in America.

18 posted on 01/24/2013 5:47:22 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: the scotsman

I’ll try anything once. If I ever get to Iceland, I’ll even try that fermented shark that tastes like Windex. Might need to scarf down some haggis to get the taste out of my mouth.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 5:49:50 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Gator113
If your community has a serious Chinese restaurant you want to go there on Tuesday ~ because they will be serving ducks' feet secured during the orgy of Peking Duck served up on the Weekends.

They are quite interesting ~ getting 'muricans to eat them is quite a struggle though.

20 posted on 01/24/2013 5:52:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: the scotsman

Gee, you guys, you’re making all these cracks about it when you admit you’ve never tried it. It’s actually good.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 6:00:00 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
Probably wanted to wash the taste out of their mouths.

I took a bunch of Boy Scouts to an internation event in Blair Athol, Scotland. Every two years since 1946, the Scottish Council of the UK Scout Association has held a unique Scout encampment on the grounds of Blair Castle in Perthshire. The Blair Atholl Jamborette is made up of international patrols of Scouts - each consisting of half Scottish Scouts and Scouts from overseas. The Scouts function as a patrol during the ten days of the Jamborette, and then each of the international Scouts spends up to a week in the home of a Scottish Scout. Great time. (The dads get 4 days in London while the Scouts visit!)

I did have hagis for the first time, and thanked God I had a nice single malt to wash it down.

I don't know if the particular stuff I ate was good hagis or bad hagis, but either way I will never eat it again.

But their Scotch is the nectar of the gods!

22 posted on 01/24/2013 6:01:38 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: muawiyah

Back in the day of rotary phones, well before caller ID a favorite prank call to the grocery store.

.....ring! ....ring!

Store: “Hello?”

Caller: “Hi. Do you have pickled pigs feet?”

Store: “ I don’t know, hold on, while I check.”

Caller: (giggle, giggle, snort)

Store: “yes mam’m , we do”

Caller: Well, keep your shoes on, maybe no one will notice!”


23 posted on 01/24/2013 6:12:53 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: muawiyah

LOL.... I raise Muscovy ducks and have actually seen them in an orgy. Someday I might find out if I like them for dinner... we have 30 of those ducks. Then geese and chickens, but I don’t plan to eat their feet or guts. ;>)


24 posted on 01/24/2013 6:25:05 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: muir_redwoods

Polska Kielbasa is ALL American!

I grew up believing all country music sounded like polkas.

Green Bay Packers fan to this day.


25 posted on 01/24/2013 6:52:47 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: the scotsman
Haggis is good with turnip greens, pinto beans and onion. It goes well with good old home cooking Southron foods IMO. I have to get the canned version from the Internet.
26 posted on 01/24/2013 6:54:16 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: the scotsman

My grandmother loved souse. It was sour smelling and looked like meat scraps in jello.


27 posted on 01/24/2013 7:13:51 PM PST by timeflies
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To: martin_fierro

28 posted on 01/24/2013 7:20:29 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: the scotsman

I was always picky about meat products, but I once has some bloodwurst from a German butcher, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Spicy with nice fat pieces in it. Haven’t been able to find it like that in years.


29 posted on 01/24/2013 7:22:30 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: visualops

Searsly...what is up with that toe?


30 posted on 01/24/2013 7:24:37 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: the scotsman

I suppose it all depends on what you grew up eating...

To this day, I LOVE gefilte fish, jellied, ground fish, formed into balls and boiled, served with carrots and horseradish. And Kishke... I’m really not sure what went into that... And lots of schmaltz and gribnits, rendered chicken fat and the “cracklings”... On matzoh or toast. Mentioning these delicacies make my non-Jewish friends ill, and they won’t touch it!

But haggis? I don’t recall the name of the movie, but I seem to recall a quote saying that “Scottish recipes were based on losing bets...”

Mark


31 posted on 01/24/2013 7:29:32 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Jane Long

that’s a real peeve of mine, when people don’t crop extraneous (and nasty) stuff out of their “cute” photos lol


32 posted on 01/24/2013 7:38:11 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: the scotsman

The practical side of me says that haggis sounds like a good way of making sure nothing goes to waste.

The squeamish side of me is thinking I’d have to be pretty desperate to try it.

Maybe if those same parts were ground up and mixed with other meats in a sausage . . .


33 posted on 01/24/2013 7:48:02 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: I still care

I’m normally squeamish, but did develop a serious taste for Irish Black Pudding, a sausage made from beef blood. Fabulous and addictive with fried eggs.


34 posted on 01/24/2013 8:10:43 PM PST by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: Humble Servant
"Black pudding"

That is served at every B&B my wife and I stayed at while vacationing in Ireland and Scotland. On my wife's advice (she grew up in Britain), I avoided trying the stuff. I'd rather try beans on toast. I do like mushy peas however.

35 posted on 01/24/2013 8:36:15 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Ditter

If you ever find yourself dining out in New Zealand....... don’t order the White Bait!
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You must not have eaten in the right places. A friend encouraged me to try it. I thought a White Bait omelette to be quite good. Goat cheese, on the other hand, I think is absolutely vile. I can’t understand how it’s so popular. Reminds me of what it must taste like to suck on an old goat hide.


36 posted on 01/24/2013 8:47:29 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: pops88
Mr Ditter and I have actually eaten our bait after a disappointing fishing trip. We were fishing with live shrimp and they were still alive when we got back to the dock........ so we ate’em!

White Bait was a pulverized patty of some of the most disgusting tasting stuff I have ever been served...... change that....... it was the MOST disgusting tasting stuff ever.

37 posted on 01/24/2013 9:03:39 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

White Bait was a pulverized patty of some of the most disgusting tasting stuff I have ever been served...... change that....... it was the MOST disgusting tasting stuff ever.
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That sounds awful. I only ever had it in omelettes. It had hardly any noticeable flavor- very mild, slightly salty, not much of a seafood taste. I can say unreservedly that it’s unlikely I could eat haggis. I love lamb, but once it starts to go muttony...gag!


38 posted on 01/24/2013 10:00:59 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: yarddog; the scotsman
Not to be argumentative, but why "I just could not get up the nerve to try it." -- Haggis is just heart, liver and mince, right? i've tried it and it's not that difficult to eat.

With the spiced varieties, you taste the spice.

39 posted on 01/25/2013 3:04:06 AM PST by Cronos
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To: the scotsman
Ignore the heathens on this thread. If you've been out playing golf where the rain is coming at you horizontally there is nothing like a plate of Haggis,Neaps and Tatties and a pint of "heavy" to put you to rights.

ODE TO A HAGGIS

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
You pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reeking, rich!

Then, horn for horn they stretch an’ strive,
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive
Bethankit hums

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash
His spindle-shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bluidy flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs, an’ arms an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle

Ye pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
An’ dish them out their bill o’fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ pray’r,
Gie her a Haggis!

40 posted on 01/25/2013 10:13:35 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: driftless2

Black pudding is lovely. You should try it.


41 posted on 01/25/2013 12:21:52 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: Timocrat
But, if ye wish her gratefu’
pray’r, Gie her a Haggis!
no thxs...but, Bump to the top...

42 posted on 01/25/2013 12:23:28 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: Timocrat

‘Ignore the heathens on this thread. If you’ve been out playing golf where the rain is coming at you horizontally there is nothing like a plate of Haggis,Neaps and Tatties and a pint of “heavy” to put you to rights.’

Aye.

Very true, big man.


43 posted on 01/25/2013 1:58:40 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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