Sausages have been around since day dot, okay not quite that long, but close, because sausages are even older than ancient Greece or Rome – the delicious morsels were first made by the Sumerians (today’s Iraq) about 5,000 years ago. They come in all shapes and sizes, and we just love them – all of them. So if you want to brush up on a few sausage facts, then here you go:
- The word ‘sausage’ comes from the Latin salsisium which means something that has been salted, and the first time it appeared as ‘sawsage’ was in the fifteenth century.
- It was during the reign of Charles I that they were first split into links – we’re not too sure why, perhaps it was easier to apportion servings that way.
- The British nickname of ‘bangers’ came about during World War II when sausages were liable to explode because, due to rationing, they carried so little actual meat, and the supplemented water content turned to steam.
- In Clitheroe, an area northwest of Manchester, Sausage Day is celebrated on the 5th of January; and in the USA, National Sausage Pizza Day is celebrated on the 11th October.
- The world’s longest sausage measuring 62,745 metres long (that’s 62.7 km!) and weighing 45 tons was made in Romania in December 2014.
- According to LovePork, during 2016 the British consumed 175,713 tonnes of sausage; and sausages are eaten in a whopping 1.26 billion meals every year.
- An English butcher is said to have created the hottest sausage in the world – called The Pork Inferno it contains Bhut Jolokia chillies said to be over 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
- And last, but not least, some sausages even carry ‘protected’ status similar to Champagne and Parma ham – the coiled Cumberland sausage for example can only be produced in Cumberland.
At N1 there are a wide variety of sausages to choose from – there’s the Halaal certified meat sausages ranging from country style, beef, chicken, ostrich, lamb and mutton, to the Non-Halaal pork chipolatas, cheese grillers, viennas, chorizo and venison sausages. So go ahead and indulge your love of sausage and call N1 today.