With the Euro 2016 football tournament well under way, Currys PC World has revealed that the majority of Brits have not tasted food from our European neighbours.
The research comes as Currys PC World tours the UK and Ireland in its Ultimate Home of Football (UHOF) Winnebago, screening all matches from the European football tournament.
The UHoF is kitted out in technology that offers a 4k viewing experience, ensuring football fans get to see all the action as if they were in the stadium. The tour is stopping off in Dublin, London, Leicester, Newcastle and Birmingham.
The research from 2,000 Britons surveyed from Currys PC World’s UHOF shows:
Albania: Only 5% have tasted traditional Albanian food such as gjelle (a meat stew) or byrek (a vegetable pie)
Iceland: The same goes for Icelandic cuisine, with only 5% having tried dishes like Hangikjöt (smoked lamb with potatoes, béchamel sauce, red beets and green peas) or Skyr (a soft cheese made from gelatinous milk curds).
Poland: Just 4% of Brits have tried traditional Polish delicacies such as Placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes), Makowiec (a poppy seed pastry cake served at Christmas and Easter) and Barszcz (a stew made from red beetroot, onions, garlic, and other vegetables).
Romania: Even fewer (2%) have tried Romanian cuisine, such as mamaliga – a porridge made from maize flour
Even when looking closer to home, nearly 75% of Brits are yet to try traditional grub from Republic of Ireland and only one in ten have tried traditional Welsh fare.
To help football fans explore the diversity of European food and drink, Currys PC World will be serving beers brewed from all the countries playing in the European football tournament on specific matches during its Ultimate Home of Football tour of the home nations.
A Currys PC World spokesperson said: “The European football tournament is the perfect time to break out of your comfort zone and try new cuisines. Fans needing inspiration can check out a range of recipes posted on Currys PC World social media channels.”
National cuisines that Brits have tried:
British eg fish & chips – 76%
Italy eg pizza – 73%
France eg crepes – 60%
Belgium eg waffles – 56%
Spain eg tapas – 51%
Germany eg wurst – 48%
Turkey eg kebabs – 42%
Hungary eg meat stews 28%
Republic of Ireland eg mutton stew – 27%
Austria eg schnitzel – 27%
Switzerland eg caquelon – 25%
Croatia eg fish plate – 16%
Czech Republic eg smoked meats – 14%
Northern Ireland eg Ulster Fry – 10%
Portugal eg salted cod – 10%
Wales eg cawl – 10%
Ukraine eg borscht – 9%
Slovakia eg Segedin goulash – 6%
Albania eg gjelle – 5%
Iceland eg smoked lamb – 5%
Russia eg dressed herring – 5%
Sweden eg rose hip soup – 5%
Poland eg steamed beef tongue – 4%
Romania eg mamaliga – 2%