33 Percent of US Tourists Think Scottish Haggis is an Animal


Our Scottish friends across the pond are well known for cranking out delicious whiskey, but are you familiar with their famous haggis? The sausage-like dish is a staple throughout the country, but many people aren’t aware of what it actually is. In fact, 33% of US tourists believe haggis is an animal, and almost one quarter thought it was possible to catch one.

To be clear, haggis is not a living, breathing creature, but it is made from a variety of animal parts. Traditionally, the dish is sheep’s “pluck” (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, all soaked in stock and then boiled in either a sausage casing or a sheep’s stomach.” It might not sound like the most appetizing of dinners, but haggis is an integral part of Scotland’s national Burns Night, celebrating the life of poet Robert Burns and his contributions to the country.

Many Scots living in the US tend to forgo traditional haggis with offal, including sheep’s lungs, mostly because the US has ruled these animal parts to be inedible and, therefore, they have been banned from import. But a Burns Night meal without haggis is like a Thanksgiving without turkey — it’s absolutely unthinkable!

So the next time you’re in Scotland, make it a point to try some haggis for an authentic Scottish experience.

H/T The Guardian + Picthx Wikipedia

By Cameron Simcik

Cameron is a Philadelphia native who is borderline obsessed with chocolate, coffee and sushi. She writes for TheFW and The Daily Meal, and making a mean chocolate chip cookie is her specialty. She also tries pizza everywhere she travels in hopes someday she'll become one of those cool pizza snobs.

7 replies on “33 Percent of US Tourists Think Scottish Haggis is an Animal”

If you are visiting, don’t forget to try some battered Mars bar washed down with Irn-Bru.

As a Scot I can heartily recommend Haggis (no pun intended). It is even available in microwaveable format! America has not yet developed a complete monopoly on ridiculous convenience food.

My three favourite foods are, in this order: animal testicles, animal livers, dog. I lived five years in China. I am white American, and if it were legal to eat babies, I would be first in line to eat children. YUM YUM

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