Did you know that 20 per cent of adults think parsnips grow on trees? A recent survey by the Potato Council showed a very worrying lack of knowledge about how some of our most basic fruit & vegetables are grown. But apparently only one in 20 adults asked felt embarrassed by this. Read on to discover the other blunders the survey revealed.
10 per cent of the 2,000 adults surveyed thought that tomatoes had to be dug up. A fifth had never heard of a King Edward or a Maris Piper. 5% thought that a Granny Smith was a variety of potato. These figures may surprise many, but with the vast array of pre-prepared & convenience foods available in supermarkets, perhaps it’s not such a surprise.
Caroline Evans, from Potato Council, said: “Our research shows that some grown-ups still really need to brush up on their foodie knowledge.
“It is worrying to think that there are people out there who believe types of apples to be potatoes and that well known varieties of British grown spuds are unheard of.
“There is plenty of information available, such as our new potato classification guide, so they can brush up on their facts.
“It’s especially important if children are inquisitive enough to ask where food comes from.”
The research also revealed a basic inability to cook potatoes well. This wasn’t just for more complicated dishes like Potato Dauphinoise
Half of people complained that their roast potatoes are not fluffy enough, 34 per cent said that they couldn’t get boiled potatoes to hold their shape. A further 28 per cent were unhappy about the smoothness of their mash potato.
Caroline Evans concluded: “Varieties of potato are a good guide but, as the survey shows, not everyone is aware of them.
“Our classification system makes it easier for everybody to pick the potato that’s right for each dish, every time.”
What do you think of the survey results? What can be done to improve people’s knowledge of where vegetables come from? Do you think people should be encouraged to cook more fresh vegetable rather than relying on pre-prepared vegetables such as packs of mashed potato or frozen roast potatoes? Let us know your thoughts over on Great British Chefs Facebook page.