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One in three Brits don't know how fruit and veg are grown, says survey

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

Spuds are lifted out of the ground, just like normal

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It is a frequent grumble of rural folk that city slickers aren’t aware of where their food comes from.

And far from not only not knowing their onions, a new survey shows many aren’t too clever on a number of other vegetables either.

Nearly one in three Brits has no idea how common fruit and vegetables are grown, the survey found. Researchers found three out of ten adults can’t explain how potatoes are produced, while one in ten think tomatoes are harvested from the ground.

Even more worryingly, one in five Brits believe melons also grow in the earth and that parsnips thrive on trees.

On top of that, one in 20 Brits thinks Granny Smith’s is a variety of potato and 20 per cent have never heard of a King Edward or Maris Piper.

The research, which was carried out among 2,000 adults, was commissioned by the Potato Council to celebrate the launch of a new potato classification system.

Caroline Evans, from the Potato Council, said: "It’s worrying to think there are people out there who believe types of apples to be potatoes and 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 read up – especially if children are inquisitive enough to ask where food comes from.”

It also emerged that one in 20 adults are completely embarrassed by their lack of knowledge and a quarter said they regularly come unstuck when kids ask them where certain food comes from.

Cooking is an issue too – despite being one of the nation’s favourite ingredients, one in 20 adults admit to struggling to cook potatoes.

Half claim that their roasts aren’t fluffy enough, 28 per cent say that their mash isn’t smooth enough and 34 per cent struggle to get their boiled potatoes to hold their shape.

The study found the hardest vegetable to cook was asparagus, followed by the swede.

Ms Evans added: "Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods – they can be used to create so many tasty dishes and being naturally fat free, they’re a nutritious base for lots of meals too.”

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  • mcupis  |  October 08 2012, 10:55AM

    Anil, as you know, Sayeeda Warsi was found to have no case to answer. Unlike the four Labour MPs who were sentenced to prison.

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  • Charlespk  |  October 07 2012, 2:34PM

    "The upper classes"?? She must mean Two Jags Malcolm!!! :))) http://tinyurl.com/6l4lzhz

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  • Charlespk  |  October 07 2012, 2:20PM

    I heard someone talking about Gordon's magic money tree again! :)))) The funniest thing is how they've now blamed it all on the banks, and half the electorate have bought it, because they're all in denial and completely unable to live within their means. How do you think the Greeks and the Spanish are feelingl? Anyone with even half a brain knows if the government had put base rate up to curb house price inflation(nothing to do with the banks), it wouldn't of happened. http://tinyurl.com/3w98qx7 http://tinyurl.com/dbwfmp

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  • a1rhellair  |  October 07 2012, 11:29AM

    what class is Sayeeda Warsi? " Simple:crooked class. Just the same as Liam Fiox, Jeremy Hunt, Sir Peter Viggers et al.

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  • mcupis  |  October 04 2012, 10:40AM

    Why are you so obsessed with class Vix? There are many working class Conservatives - I should know, I'm one of them. what class is Sayeeda Warsi? What class is Harriett Harman? The Millibands? Tony Blair? Class is completely irrelevant, we don't live in the Victorian era any more. Milliband goes on about it in his speech and we then discover he was at the same school and University as Boris Johnson. Pathetic really.

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  • Viscount_V  |  October 04 2012, 8:15AM

    The upper classes are a little like tomatoes, pampered, prone to go rotten if subjected to change, showy and wet on the inside... Best leant against a South facing wall. The workers are clearly potatoes. Versatile, in need of no fancy embellishments. Working hard underground to provide the staples of existence for all. I should have written Ed's speach, I'm great at analogies me!

  • MoeXXX  |  October 03 2012, 11:44PM

    Good point Malcolm. Half an hour of Labour borrowing is only five minutes of coalition borrowing. A trivial sum. Though still about 50 times what I'll pay in tax in my entire working life. Not sure about the other 49, but I'm not especially happy about all my tax money being wasted on yet another Tory ideology failure. As a supporter, perhaps you'd like to pick up the tab? No, though not.

  • a1rhellair  |  October 03 2012, 11:23PM

    Yes typical of tories to blame labour. Yet being crooks, they have no qualms about stealing from everybody, especially those on low incomes or disability benefits. They made a complete mess of the railways, unlike others, who kept a national asset in state hands - http://tinyurl.com/8wnqz Yes, they also transport fruit and vegetables.

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  • mcupis  |  October 03 2012, 10:51PM

    Just to put that in perspective Moe, it's less than half an hour of Labour deficit borrowing and less than this country hands to the EU every day.

  • MoeXXX  |  October 03 2012, 10:02PM

    Oh, and I see today your beloved government has picked another £40m from their magic money tree to plug another hole in the magic money sieve they call privatised public services.

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