The food items we find in our supermarkets are more often than not produced and imported from countries all over the world. But some of the food on our shores is very unique in the way that it simply can’t be replicated anywhere else but here. Protected Designation of Origin (POD) is a term used to describe those products which have been produced, processed and prepared in a specific region using traditional production methods. So we’ve picked out some the nation’s favourite food and beverages which are British through and through!
Cornish Clotted Cream
As of 1998, the term Cornish clotted cream became a PDO by European Union directive. The milk must be produced in Cornwall and have a minimum fat content is 55%.
Only cheese produced in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire, and made using pasteurised local milk may be called Stilton. The manufacturers of Stilton cheese in these counties applied for and received PDO in 1996.
Isle of Man Queenies
The Isle of Man in the British Isles is famous for the queen scallop, or ‘Manx queenie’ as it’s referred to by locals. Isle of Man Queenies have been awarded the PDO stamp in 2012.
Jersey Royal Potatoes
eThe Jersey Royal is a type of potato grown in Jersey and was awarded POD in 1996. The potatoes are of the variety known as International Kidney and are typically grown as a new potato.
As of 2004, the term is ‘Scotch Beef’ has been limited to products produced in Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney. Products must be produced from cattle reared, slaughtered and dressed in Scotland and is only sourced from Scottish farms that adopt best practice regarding animal welfare and natural production methods.
Traditional Cumberland sausage
In 2011, this name was limited to products produced in Cumbria with a meat content of at least 80%. Sausages must also be sold coiled, rather than linked.
This unique drink received POD in 1996 and is limited to the county of Kent. Products labelled with this name must have an abv (standard measure of alcohol) between 3.5% and 6.0%.
Only those products produced in Cornwall using a traditional recipe can be called a Cornish Pasty. They must have at least 12.5% beef and 25% vegetable content. Products can still be finally baked outside of the designated production area. POD awarded in 2011.
As of 2008, only whisky that has been produced in Scotland is allowed the label of Scotch Whisky. The final product must not be sweetened or flavoured, other than the addition of plain caramel as a colouring. The product must have an abv of at least 40%.
- Study by Wren Kitchens
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