Leeds city council is probing the local sweet treat parkin so it can warn children of its links to the slave trade in primary school teaching material.
The authority is looking into how the traditional ginger cake from Northern England historically includes ingredients, such as sugar, that are ‘gained through the triangular slave trade’, according to a report.
It will also review how local products such as Yorkshire Tea ‘are reliant on global trade’ in research being carried out following the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pupils in Leeds will then be able to use the information to understand how parts of the recipes would ‘have been sourced from around the Empire and would have involved the labour of enslaved people’.
The authority is looking into how the traditional ginger cake from Northern England historically includes ingredients, such as sugar, that are ‘gained through the triangular slave trade’, according to a report (file photo)
The Key Stage 2 materials are set to be added to the city’s curriculum, which currently incorporates an ‘Empire and Colonialism’ section, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The document adds that children will also learn how the ingredients would have involved ‘exploitation of resources and communities around the world’.
Leeds city council stated: ‘Our work will aim to reflect these issues, looking at them from a contemporary perspective in an effort to tell their whole stories.’
Parkin is a sticky ginger cake that is thought to have first been recorded as being eaten in the first week of November after the oat harvest in the 1700s.
The council will also review how local products, such as Yorkshire Tea, ‘are reliant on global trade’ in research being carried out following the Black Lives Matter movement (file photo)
Yorkshire Tea, created in the 1970s, is the number one tea brand in the UK. They have numerous varieties available including Yorkshire Tea, Proper Strong and Yorkshire Gold which is their special edition brew.
The latest review follows the Labour-run council looking into statues and monuments, including Queen Victoria, Robert Peel, Edward the Black Prince and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington as part of a review last year.
The review said at the time: ‘The research and consultation did not identify any individuals who were central to the slave trade – even if many were the beneficiaries of hereditary wealth and colonialism more broadly.
‘This is due at least partly because Leeds is not a seaport and was not reliant on, or benefitted directly from, either sugar or cotton industries (with the notable exception of Harewood House).’