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Brits Show ‘Plate Patriotism’ By Eating British Dishes and Buying Local

Posted on the 28 July 2016 by 72point @72hub
Brits Show ‘Plate Patriotism’ By Eating British Dishes and Buying Local

Millions of adults are patriotic to their plate as well as their country, only eating British grub where possible.

A new study of 2,000 people has found that over half of the nation make a special effort to use British ingredients, and that British cuisine like shepherd's pie or a roast dinners is the most popular in the country.

Italian food is a close second, as spaghetti Bolognese and pasta make their way to the dinner table time and time again.

The survey, commissioned by Welsh Lamb to celebrate the inaugural Llamb's Day on August 1st, found that Indian and Chinese food are also enjoyed by many, but more often as a takeaway than something Brits cook up from scratch like British or Italian grub.

The study found British adults are even clued up when it comes to sourcing their food - with an impressive 56 per cent making a conscious effort to ONLY buy meat, fruit and vegetables which have been sourced locally, rather than from other countries.

And eight in 10 adults always read the labels to see where their food is coming from - with 52 per cent complaining they can't seem to buy enough from Britain.

Welsh Lamb's 'llambassador' and celebrity farmer Gareth Wynn Jones said: "It's great to see that more and more British people are paying attention to where their food comes from.

"We've always been a nation of food lovers, but learning more about the source of ingredients we use is vital to preparing healthy and delicious meals."

The king of British meals is the roast, with 23 per cent opting for lamb as their favourite meat, and a fifth picking roast chicken.

Unsurprisingly, Sunday is by far the most popular day to enjoy the dish, with 68 per cent of Brits saying it's when they most often have theirs - far outweighing the rest of the week.

When it comes to the main attraction of a roast - the meat - over half of Brits say that make a special effort to look at its country of origin.

The classic roast is overwhelmingly seen as a 'winter' dish, with 48 per cent of respondents saying they're most likely to make one over the colder months.

Seasonality is important to discerning shoppers - even if they occasionally miss the mark. 15 per cent of hungry respondents say they're more likely to eat lamb in the spring, believing it to be the best time of year to find it.

However, while many lambs are born in spring, it's much more seasonal from August into the autumn months, when the young sheep are ready for the plate - showing that the willing is there for Brits to buy food at the right time of year, but not always the knowledge.

However a whopping three quarters of Brits say they make a special effort to buy fresh food that's in season, like strawberries in summertime or asparagus in spring.

A third of respondents think classic Brit dishes like toad-in-the-hole, shepherd's pie and fish and chips are also the easiest to make at home, beaten only by Italian food like pizza and pasta.

Despite the love for home-grown ingredients, half of Brits think that big supermarkets have made life more difficult for British farmers - and one positive from Brexit could be that we use more British produce, with 38 per cent of people believing they'll eat more in the wake of the EU referendum.

Wyn Jones continues: "While it's heartening to see that British food - and beautiful Welsh lamb - is as popular as ever, there's always more that can be done to educate and promote eating locally produced food.

"With Llamb's Day on 1st August we'd like to celebrate the best time of year to try locally raised lamb - Summer and Autumn."

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Brits Show ‘Plate Patriotism’ By Eating British Dishes and Buying Local
Brits Show ‘Plate Patriotism’ By Eating British Dishes and Buying Local


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