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Tra­di­tional Christ­mas din­ner is barely Bri­tish

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IT’S a fine UK tra­di­tion – but the only part of Christ­mas din­ner that’s truly Bri­tish is the car­rots, with ev­ery other el­e­ment first found over­seas.

The tur­key orig­i­nated in North Amer­ica and was brought back to this coun­try some time af­ter the Pil­grim Fathers ar­rived there in the 17th cen­tury.

Pota­toes, first found in South Amer­ica, were brought to the Bri­tish Isles in the late 16th cen­tury, while parsnips were first grown in the eastern Mediter­ranean.

The ori­gins of these and other fes­tive foods will be ex­plained by Ex­eter Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor Dave Hodg­son at a Sci­ence Of Christ­mas event in Fal­mouth, Corn­wall, on Thurs­day. ‘Christ­mas din­ner re­ally is a truly global feast,’ he said.

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