Britons have unused herbs worth millions stashed in kitchen cupboards

From the flashy custom kitchens of Cheshire to the humble cottage pantries of Cornwall, British people are thought to be hoarding an estimated £240m of unused herbs in their cupboards.

Interestingly, the reason that many of the herbs remain unused is because Britons only know how to cook a small number of foreign dishes, according to a study conducted by culinary apparatus firm Kenwood into British kitchen habits.

The herbs and spices that are most often used in the kitchens of the UK were found to be basil, chili, and oregano. Meanwhile, the average Brit was revealed to only be able to cook four foreign dishes, which most often were curry, risotto, Bolognese, and stir fry.

The study also found that 60% of British people have no idea where the Spanish dish gazpacho originates from, and 30% of respondents did not know what a falafel is. Furthermore, Kenwood’s research discovered that 13% of people have spices that are more than four years old languishing in their kitchen cupboards.

It was also revealed that the average homeowner has ten different herbs and spices in their kitchen at any one time.

The least used herbs and spices were revealed to be marjoram, star anise, and ras el hanout, which is mainly used in North African cooking. The research suggests that these spices are used less often because British people are reluctant to try more adventurous dishes, sticking to old favourites like pasta and curry.

Posted by Peter
November 24, 2014

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