|England on a plate|
An agricultural nation for many centuries, England still can be proud of its fresh and top quality cool-climate produce.
Let’s take a fast trip around the countryside, to see what the country does best.
Kent, south-east of London, rich agricultural land.
Produce and products: apples, berries, cherries, other fruit, hops, brewing, cider, wine.
Traditional dish: Flead cakes, made with pig’s fat.
East Anglia, north-east of London, marshy heathland.
Produce and products: Herrings, and other fish, brewing, kippers, sprats, eel, crabs, cockles, mussels, whelks, samphire (a coastal succulent plant), cereals.
Wiltshire in England’s south is pastoral country.
Produce and products: Pig breeding, pig products, black pudding, white pudding (both a form of sausage), brawn, lard, sausages, ham, tracklements (condiments), brewing.
Devon and Cornwall in south-west of England, both rich agricultural and coastal.
Produce and products: Clotted cream, and dairy products, ice cream, beer and cider, fish (mackerel, pilchards, salmon), crabs,
Hereford, Gloucester, Worcester and Avon, rich agricultural areas, known as the ‘heart of England’.
Produce and products: Cattle, pics, hops, apples and cider, beer and brewing, hops, eels, salmon, lampreys, asparagus, dairying and cheese, Gloucester cheese, Worcestershire sauce.
The Shires, middle of England, the land where fox-hunting has been a sport for centuries.
Produce and products: Pork, dairying, cheese, brewing, Stilton cheese, red Leicester cheese
The Yorkshire dales in the central north, is farming country with wild moorland country.
Produce and products: sheep and pigs, Wensleydale cheese, brewing and beer.
Lancashire and the industrial north-west with more barren landscapes.
Produce and products: lamb and mutton, offal, bacon, black puddings, corned beef, elder (cooked cow’s udder), brewing and beer,
The Lake District in the far north-west has beautiful pastoral countryside.
Produce and products: lamb and mutton, Cumberland ham, black pudding, salmon, trout, shrimps, brewing and beer, fruit – especially damson plums,
Northumberland far north-east of England, adjoining Scotland.
Produce and products: kippers, lamb, honey, potatoes, chillies, cheese, Lindisfarne oysters or ice cream from Doddington or Warkworth.
Traditional dish: Singing Hinnies
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