Do you know where kale comes from? Could you explain to your grandchildren where spuds sprout from? Could you spot a langoustine at ten paces?
In a new survey of 2,000 Brits, a fair portion of us couldn't and were stumped when it came to culinary knowledge.
In the study carried out by Whitby Seafoods, a fifth thought the treasured pork pie came from overseas, while one in ten couldn’t identify the classic steak and kidney pie as British. Over half thought scampi was either prawns or fish too. And future generations look lightly to be just as confused, as over a third of parents said their kids have asked questions about their meals that they didn’t know how to answer.
It's a drastic change since when we were little. “Times have changed since we used to buy our groceries from local markets and shops. Back then we could chat to a butcher, fishmonger or greengrocer about where their goods are sourced, but these days it’s harder to get the information. If we really want to know more about what we’re eating, it’s important to check supermarket labels. Brushing up on the facts before you grab things from the shelves means you can feel better about what you take home" says Laura Whittle from Whitby Seafoods.
The research also showed 40 per cent of adults rate their food knowledge from ‘average’ to ‘very poor’ - with three in ten rating their lack of awareness as embarrassing. More than half said they have no idea where their regular fruit and veg comes from and four in ten admit they are clueless to when various fruits are in season.
Fish was no different as nearly four in ten were lost at sea over whether their seafood is sustainably sourced and only 15 per cent of shoppers look to see whether it’s caught locally or imported.The results also showed that although scampi and chips is a British pub classic, just one in six knew it was made of langoustine.
One in four confessed they don’t check the labels when buying meat or chicken, while a carefree 80 per cent said they pick up their milk without ever reading the bottles.
And it’s counting the pennies that seems more important to Brits as seven in ten said when trawling the supermarket aisles, they predominantly look at the price.
When asked further about their knowledge of food, nearly four in ten didn’t know a cauliflower grows in the ground, over half were clueless about how broccoli grows and four in ten thought melons grow on trees.