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Black pudding

This article is about the traditional food made with pork blood. For the fictional creature, see Black pudding (Dungeons & Dragons).

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A Scottish cooked breakfast, including black pudding, served with Scottish square sausage, baked beans, mushrooms, and fried bread.
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Black pudding (Swedish: blodpudding, Estonian: verivorst, Finnish: mustamakkara, Spanish: morcilla and Portuguese: morcela) is a type of blood sausage commonly eaten in Britain, Slovenia, Italy, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, Portugal and Latvia. It is generally made from pork blood and a relatively high proportion of oatmeal.


Black pudding can be eaten cold, as it is cooked in production, but is often grilled, fried, baked or boiled in its skin. It was occasionally flavoured with pennyroyal, differing from continental European versions in its relatively limited range of ingredients and reliance on oatmeal and barley instead of onions or chitterlings to absorb and be mixed with the blood.[1] It

In the United Kingdom,[2] black pudding is considered a delicacy in the Black Country and the West Midlands, Stornoway and the North West, especially in Lancashire (in towns such as Bury), where it is traditionally boiled and served with malt vinegar out of paper wrapping.[3] The Stornoway black pudding, made on the Western Isles of Scotland, has been granted Protected Geographical Indicator of Origin status.

Black puddings are also served sliced and fried or grilled as part of a traditional full breakfast in much of the UK and Ireland, a tradition that followed British and Irish emigrants around the world. Black pudding is now part of the local cuisine of the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.[citation needed]

John Lennon Connection

John Lennon whilst living in New York would often crave Black Pudding and had an order with Liverpool's St John's Market to have it sent to his home at the Dakota Apartment from around 1973 right up to his death in 1980. Whilst still an illegal alien in the US before obtaining his Green Card the US Government confiscated the puddings believing it to be drugs and were horrified much to Lennon's hilarity to find that the pudding in fact contained pig blood.

See also


  1. ^ Jaine, T. and Davidson, A. The Oxford companion to food, OUP, 2006, p.104
  2. ^ "The Black Pudding". The English Breakfast Society. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Dishes, accessed 30 April 2010