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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Haggling for Haggis

posted by on January 23 at 12:59 PM

Reuters reports that Scotland is considering lobbying the U.S. to lift a ban on haggis, hoping to boost sales of the sheep-stomach-based national dish.

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.

Scotland’s government insist its haggis — which usually contains the heart, liver and lungs wrapped inside a sheep’s stomach lining — is safe and wants the ban lifted.

“The Scottish government will consider engaging the U.S. government on its haggis import ban … It is safe or we wouldn’t eat it here,” said a spokeswoman. “We think there is a large market for it amongst expatriate Scots there.”

Stay tuned for further updates on the lifting of the haggis ban. In the meantime, those craving the taste of sheep stomach but fearful of meat-borne illness can enjoy this:


Yes, it’s real. Savage bought it for me in Yoorup. Ingredients listed on back: oatmeal, turnip, vegetable fat, kidney beans, lentils, onions, mushrooms, mixed chopped peanuts/walnuts/almonds, water, seasoning, herbs. I will never eat it. (But I may consider auctioning it in next year’s Strangercrombie.)

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I have an Uncle of mine (who was born and reared in Scotland) who makes Haggis and I hate to admit it but HAGGIS FUCKING ROCKS!!!!!

My GOD it is so damn good!!!! I know it sounds disgusting but it depends on how it is made. But buying and eating something from a can?.....No that I would not do.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 23, 2008 12:57 PM

Gie her a Haggis!

Posted by kinaidos | January 23, 2008 12:58 PM

I think eating something that's made to have the same texture and flavor of haggis without actually being haggis would make me want to vomit just about as much as the real thing would.

Posted by monkey | January 23, 2008 1:01 PM

Haggis is yummy.


Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 1:03 PM

I've got a bag of greasy looking "Ginkgo Biloba Rings" that have been laying around my office for a few years now that I'll never eat either. A great Strangercrombie combo package in the making.

Posted by Barak | January 23, 2008 1:04 PM

For a similar product, try scrapple.

You can get it locally at Philly Fevre in Madison Valley.

Posted by PA Native | January 23, 2008 1:07 PM

@3 - amen to that. Vegetarian haggis if offered at almost all pubs in Scotland. Asked if I ( a veggie) tried it, I answered just what you said.

Posted by scharrera | January 23, 2008 1:09 PM

Can we boycott Crash writer/director Paul Haggis instead?

Posted by michael strangeways | January 23, 2008 1:09 PM

Haggis is goddamned delicious.

That is all.

Posted by NaFun | January 23, 2008 1:17 PM

Haggis is delicious. So is the veggie haggis. I've had both here in the states and in Scotland.


Posted by Original Monique | January 23, 2008 1:19 PM

The British Pantry in Redmond sells canned haggis, both veggie and non. I served it at our somewhat-annual Gung Haggis Fried Chicken dinner and yes, it is gross. Especially when you pierce the heavy plastic "skin" and it explodes all over your tartan.

Posted by Big Adventure Steve | January 23, 2008 1:22 PM

- For a similar product, try scrapple -

SCRAPPLE!! Not at all comparable to Haggis, I'm afraid.... imho

Mmmm..... We had Haggis & Black Pudding just the other day :-D

Posted by YO | January 23, 2008 1:31 PM

I had haggis in a little inn just across the Scottish border north of Carlyle. Tastes like corn beef hash. Fucking rocked after a week of "Fry it Until All the Taste is Gone" English food. Though truth be told, most Scottish food is every bit as bland as English food. The key to a successful visit? Indian.

By the way- the English will tell you the Scots are stern and unwelcoming. Bullshit. They just don't like the English.

Posted by Big Sven | January 23, 2008 1:32 PM

Haggis is quite tasty, but I would not more eat it from a can then I would seafood. Some things need to be prepared fresh.

Posted by Giffy | January 23, 2008 1:36 PM

Hey, that looks just like Annex Theatre's "bar mascot", "Haggy!"

Someone dropped off a can of it during our recent run of "I Feel Fine", and even the amazing Pamala Mijatov, who can turn just about any culinary sow's ear into a silk purse, was flummoxed about what to do with it.

So, now it sits behind the bar, and occasionally we pull it out and drunkenly talk in Scottish accents.

Posted by COMTE | January 23, 2008 1:41 PM

@13 Damn Right, Screw the English.
Vote SNP!

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 23, 2008 1:48 PM


Posted by Ari Spool | January 23, 2008 1:52 PM

yay for Scrapple. Boo for haggis! But it's fine with me for those who want to eat that stuff to get the chance.

I wonder if Craig Ferguson will say anything about this on his show tonight.

Posted by another PA native | January 23, 2008 1:54 PM

Another thumb way up for scrapple. But trust me, you REALLY don't want to know what goes into it. Haven't had haggis, so will withhold judgement on that.

Posted by Yet Another PA Native | January 23, 2008 2:22 PM

Fresh Haggis is amazing !

And I didn't know we had a ban on it...don't they sell it every year up at that Scottish festival in Mount Vernon ?

Posted by dkstar | January 23, 2008 2:42 PM

I imagine the stuff oozing out the can like something from a David Lynch film.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 23, 2008 2:52 PM

How can haggis be fresh? Isn't it supposed to be buried for a month or something?

Posted by w7ngman | January 23, 2008 2:58 PM

wow, Savage is such a great boss!!! He brings his employees treats from Europe! Granted, they're inedible treats, but it's the gesture that counts...

I shudder to think what "treats" he brought home from the porn convention...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 23, 2008 3:07 PM

Is it just me, or is Al Gore starting to look like a recently ousted member of the Gambino family? There's this Cosa Nostra look starting to happen...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 23, 2008 3:09 PM

we have canned haggis at husky deli in WS. It's not half bad. No worse than canned chili vs. fresh.

Posted by mac | January 23, 2008 4:00 PM

we have canned haggis at husky deli in WS. It's not half bad. No worse than canned chili vs. fresh.

Posted by mac | January 23, 2008 4:01 PM

Vegetarian haggis is a fucking crime. Why not have vegetarian scrapple or vegetarian menudo. Or, for that matter, tofu made out of lard. WTF??

Posted by scot | January 23, 2008 6:45 PM

How do you obtain vegetable fat? Do they mean in the form of oil, or is it like... veggie schmaltz?

Posted by Darcy | January 23, 2008 6:45 PM

um, what is the "skin" this vegetarian haggis is in? and why would you want the skin?

Posted by gforce | January 23, 2008 8:13 PM

Real haggis is amazing. It was my pub food of choice during my years in Scotland and I probably had it at least once a week. Especially excellent with a quality whisky. Veggie haggis is good but can't touch the real stuff.

Posted by Gabriel | January 23, 2008 10:50 PM

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