Around a 3rd of adults mistakenly suppose butternut squash, sweet potatoes and artichokes are historically grown within the UK, an examine has discovered. The survey, which polled 2,000 adults, discovered many didn’t know the place on a regular basis fruit and vegetables originate from, which of them are seasonal or the place they’re sometimes grown.
Different fruit and vegetables these polled wrongly believed have been often cultivated in Britain included lentils (25%), Swiss chard (22%) and melon (12%). A 3rd believed sweet potatoes are generally grown on UK farms, regardless of them often being produced in southern India.
It additionally emerged six in 10 have by no means thought of the place their groceries originate from – though 65% stated they might quite purchase British if given the selection. The analysis, commissioned by Crosse & Blackwell, which has lately launched four new variants to its variety of soups, discovered 77% thought it was “vital” for UK corporations to assist UK suppliers.
The research additionally discovered 44%t could not say which nations have a tendency to provide parsnips, 56% weren’t certain the place kale is grown, and 58% didn’t know the place leeks are principally harvested.
Equally, four in 10 weren’t positive the place apples originate from, 43% didn’t know the place onions come from, and 47% weren’t clear the place cucumbers stem from. The analysis additionally discovered the standard UK grownup solely eats three of the five beneficial parts of fruit and vegetables a day.
And 54% admitted they don’t eat sufficient of them, with the common Briton spending simply £eight per week on greens. A quarter even admitted they might only eat vegetables if they’re combined right into a sauce or are a part of a soup. The analysis, carried out by OnePoll, discovered an analogous story for grains reminiscent of rye, wheat, with 56% admitting they don’t eat ample quantities.