Friday 11 December 2009

Cornish clotted cream, Melton Mowbray pies...

How about Highland venison, Yorkshire grouse or Norfolk pheasant? The EU has a scheme to protect traditional and regional food specialities. The latest regional food to gain special protection in this way is Cornish sardines (also known as pilchards). They won their special status because of the traditional way they are caught, and Cornwall's historic link to sardine fishing.

The UK, with 40 products recognised by Brussels, lags a long way behind France and Italy, with around 300.

Are we missing a trick here? Are there regional game specialities that could win special status, recognising the traditional way they are harvested and prepared?

1 comment:

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I think there's a lot of milage in this. Anyone for Kentish trollop? Or Essex Slag?

Both are proven to be winter warmers, that can also be enjoyed on a summers day. Versatile.