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Traditional British foods such as jellied eels, black pudding, ploughman’s lunches and even pork pies could die out within a generation because British 18-30 year olds have never even tried them, according to research.
Traditional British dishes that have fallen out of favour, as younger people embrace world cuisine and healthier food options a survey suggests.
Old-fashioned favourites which are losing favour with modern Britons, include Welsh rarebit, liver and onions, and pie and mash with liquor, with more than a third of people admitting they’ve never tried them.
Jellied eels came out as the most unfamiliar to Gen Z, with almost two thirds of youngsters having never tried the classic dish, originating from the East End of London in the 18th Century.
Kedgeree, the Anglo-Indian concoction that emerged during the time of colonialism, made with rice, egg and haddock came second on the list, with half admitting they’d never eaten it.
This was followed by the Scottish speciality haggis, with almost half of respondents claiming never to have eaten it, despite it remaining a firm staple in Scotland and in the rest of the UK on Burns Night celebrations.
Also set to be consigned to culinary history was bubble and squeak and gammon with a pineapple ring with a quarter never eating either dish.
The study found other traditional mealtime favourites falling by the wayside include black pudding, while three in 10 have never tried Saveloy sausage and chips and 30 per cent hadn’t had a Lancashire hotpot.