You’ll know the sad story of the Scottish haggis kept out of the US for the past 21 years if you read the blogs below, especially Can Scotland make US stomach the haggis, America’s “most wanted” – no chance of parole?
But now, not exclusively announced on this blog, the great chieftain o’ the pudding race is packing its bags, brushing off its fur and getting ready to set sail for the shores of the land of the free.
Scottish American Societies are known to be sharpening their knives in anticipation, although there is some concern that Scottish smugglers (see above mentioned blog link) might have to retire from the bootleg haggis business.
I’d like to think that this wee ‘friend of haggis’ blog played a small and insignificant, but fun, part in re-establishing the reputation of the hairy haggis for the discerning American pallet. I can see it now, haggis burgers with heather ketchup washed down with whisky coming soon to a diner near you!
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that restrictions on the importation of certain animal products, imposed at the height of the BSE crisis in 1989, are being reviewed based on advice from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Does this mean that all American haggis lovers will no longer need to travel to Scotland? Fortunately not, as where else could you have a haggis picnic in the heather in your kilt in the middle of summer surrounded by deer with both mist in the mountains and sunshine on the loch, with wild salmon jumping and the gurgling stream beside you heading down the hills to end up in a whisky bottle.
Ahh, the very thought of it makes me tingle! Now, where did I leave my haggis net?