Polish delicacies on store shelves

Polish communities in Norfolk are being given a taste of home as their native delicacies are stocked on supermarket shelves.

Polish communities in Norfolk are being given a taste of home as their native delicacies are stocked on supermarket shelves.

Tesco has announced it is extending its range of Polish foods at stores where it believes there will be a strong demand, including Harford Bridge, near Norwich, Thetford and Bury St Edmunds.

Traditional meats such as synka cyganska, or gipsy ham, and a Silesian sausage known as Kielbasa Slaska will sit alongside the ham and sausages at all three stores.

The new, fresh lines will join a range of Polish favourites such as stuffed cabbage rolls (golabki), flaki - beef and tripe in a ghoulash-style sauce - as well as snacks and beers.

“Demand for Polish food and drink has been so overwhelming that it has become the fastest-growing ethnic food range ever launched in Britain,” said Elena Connell, Tesco's ethnic foods buying manager.

“But it's not only our Polish customers who are buying these - certain lines such as soft drinks, sweet delicacies and beer have become very popular with non-Poles too. The

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first batch of products we brought

over from Poland were generally tinned or in packets but now we are selling chilled meat delicacies and bread.

“The type of items that Polish people have told us they miss the most are comfort foods such as soup, pickled cabbage and marshmallows covered with chocolate, as well as meats.

“But there is also a big demand from people born in Britain of Polish parents who want foods that will remind than of their Polish roots.”