Why Is Sweetbread Called Sweetbread?


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There is no known history of why sweetbread is called so. The Oxford English Dictionary is also a dead end with relation to the reasons behind this name. The name sweetbread is however only used in England and in the English language. In Danish they are called brissel, in Dutch zwezerik, in German Bries, in French ris de veau, in Italian animella and in Turkish uykuluk. Perhaps for most of us if we knew what we were eating when we said sweetbread we would use something that sounded like its Turkish name.

Sweetbreads consist of the thymus gland or the pancreas of animals that are young. They may be belonging to a lamb, a calf and sometimes even a pig. They are considered a delicacy in many countries. They are considered highly perishable.

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