The Offal Truth

Let’s start with the premise that haggis is an “aquired” taste. It’s sheep’s others (heart, liver, lungs), onion, oatmeal, fat, salt, spices, etc., stuffed into the stomach lining and boiled. The U.S. banned imports of Scottish haggis after Britain’s outbreak of mad cow disease, which is linked to the human brain illness Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. I’m sure that the economic impact was mind-boggling. That said, Scotland is considering lobbying the United States to lift a ban on haggis, hoping to boost sales of the sheep-stomach-based national dish. Why? Because January 25th is when the traditional Burns supper occurs that celebrates Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Apparently, there are 116 people that want to buy one of these gut bombs in the U.S.


1 Response to “The Offal Truth”

  1. January 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Haggis is best eaten sliced and fried. With ketchup. I was surprised on my last visit to Scotland that it really doesn’t taste that bad.

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