Black pudding is a traditional food from the United Kingdom and Ireland that is made using a combination of pork fat, oatmeal, onions and suet as well as animal blood, usually pork blood. Depending on the recipe, a special blend of spices may be used to enhance the taste. Black pudding is completely black except where the pork fat is visible.
Black pudding is usually part of a traditional breakfast in most of the United Kingdom. When served as part of breakfast, black pudding is sliced and is either grilled or fried. When it is originally made, black pudding is fully cooked and is perfectly safe to eat cold. Generally, however, black pudding is cooked again before serving.
As a food item, black pudding combines well with the flavor of meats such as chicken, pork and seafood, as well as alongside certain fruits such as pears and rhubarb. In certain parts of the United Kingdom, such as Black County, Stornoway and Bury, black pudding is a special delicacy and is prepared traditionally by being boiled before being served in a paper wrap with malt vinegar. As of 2014, Stornoway Black Pudding, which is produced on the Western Isles of Scotland, has been granted special protected status.