What Kind of Food Do Scottish People Eat?

Written by kim davis | 13/05/2017
What Kind of Food Do Scottish People Eat?
Scotland has many ancient traditions. (Scottish Piper Playing image by Ray Carpenter from Fotolia.com)

Historically, Scottish cuisine has been based on the fish from its "lochs," or lakes, and the surrounding sea, as well as long-lasting storehouse items created to last through the long, cold winters. Smoked fish can be stored longer than fresh, and smoked salmon, smoked herrings or "kippers," and smoked haddock are Scottish traditions. Farmers try to use every part of the animal in dishes like haggis, a spiced mix of oats and organ meats cooked in a sheep's stomach, and black pudding, a sausage made of pig's blood. Oats appear again, salted, as a traditional breakfast, and with honey and whisky in the sweet drink Atholl brose. Whisky is Scotland's great beverage.

Regular Everyday Eating

Scotland is now a modern European country with two lively cosmopolitan cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Restaurants feature cuisine from all parts of the globe--Indian food is especially popular--and Scottish families are probably more likely to serve pasta or curry for dinner as any of the country's more traditional dishes. Although Scotch whisky is a matter of national pride, it is no more popular than imported lagers.

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What Kind of Food Do Scottish People Eat?
Indian food is more widely available than haggis. (Dinner curry image by Rose from Fotolia.com)

As a member of the European Union, Scotland is no longer just a remote part of the British Isles. Haggis served with mashed swedes and potatoes, or "neeps and tatties," and a dram of whisky is increasingly an option for tourists or reserved, along with the kilt and sporran, for special occasions. Scottish people eat and drink in much the same way as people in the rest of the United Kingdom.

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