Did you know that vindaloo is actually a Portuguese dish, and that the Scotch egg (widely regarded as one of Britain’s top traditional foods) actually originated in India and North Africa, with its revival being claimed by Fortnum and Mason in 1738?
These are just a couple of facts featured in an food migration map I came across recently from the adventure travel holiday company, Explore.co.uk, all about the origins of traditional food from across the world. You can discover more about the origins of many of the classic foods we know and love, and how they have travelled across the world to different destinations. I bet you will be shocked to find out where some of your favourite foods come from!
I was particularly surprised to discover that fish and chips can be traced back to Spain and Portugal, as it’s such a quintessentially British dish, but it didn’t actually arrive on British shores until around the 17th Century. Similarly, I wouldn’t have guessed that early forms of cheesecakes and doughnuts could be found in Greece prior to their arrival in the States.
However, a few of the entries didn’t come as a surprise to me. For example, I knew coffee was developed in North America and Africa before arriving in the USA and Europe, and it seems logical that French fries originated in France and Belgium, before becoming immensely popular in the States, driven by the rise of fast food outlets in the 1940s.
It’s really got me thinking more about where the roots of popular traditional foods actually lie, and it’s taught me to be more curious about the origins of some of my favourite foods. Take a look at the food migration map below – are you shocked by the origins of these traditional foods?
The Origins of 10 Traditional Foods
Do you know of any foods with interesting origins? Let me know in the comment box below.