We really don’t know whether to call Haggis an unusual food or not because, Scottish and European people have known this dish for centuries. However in many other countries, Haggis is more like a cultural as well as culinary shock. We really don’t want to get into those cultural and culinary arguments because despite its weird looks and preparation method, Haggis turns out to be pretty delicious. In this article we will try and explore 20 interesting Haggis facts and in the process, learn about its ‘not-so-sure’ history and of course, we will learn what it contains. So, let us begin!
Interesting Haggis Facts: 1-10
1. Haggis is a non-veg dish made out of sheep body parts. The body parts included are not flesh. They are lungs, liver and heart, minced and stuffed together in the sheep’s stomach.
2. These body parts are first minced and then mixed with salt, spices, oatmeal, onion and suet. Suet is mutton or beef fat in raw condition. Whole thing is finally mixed with stock – a liquid made by simmering meat, or animal bones, or vegetables or seafood in wine or water and finally adding aromatic flavors.
3. The entire thing is then stuffed in the stomach of the butchered animal and cooked until the whole package takes the color of light brown to deep brown and even almost black.
4. Exactly what color will turn up is something that cannot be said for sure. The color depends on the time for which the haggis has been cooked.
5. Cooking the haggis for too long can lead to an explosion. Well, not really the Explosion explosion. We mean, the stomach of the animal can simply burst open throwing out everything stuffed inside.
6. Modern cooking methods have replaced the stomach with synthetic skin. That’s probably because many people simply hate the idea of eating up the stomach. We don’t really understand this because people do eat sausages which have intestines.
7. It is said that haggis has a nutty texture and a very savory flavor. Well, be warned that the taste of haggis actually depends on who cooks it and how it is cooked. Sometimes, it can be too difficult to stomach even a single bite, let alone filling up your stomach with this weird dish.
8. The traditional method of serving this delicacy is with turnips and potatoes first boiled and then smashed separately. Scottish people call the turnips as neeps and the potatoes and tatties.
9. Well, it is very important for the Scottish people to serve dram along with haggis. Just in case you were not aware, a glass of Scotch Whisky is known as dram.
10. In Scotland, Haggis is a traditional dish that originated centuries ago. However, the first written account of haggis dates back to cicra 1430. in England when the words haggese and hawgs were used.