Carp, the traditional centerpiece of the Polish Christmas dinner, is in short supply this winter.
It’s not to everyone’s taste, is the carp – not even to some Poles. But most just love to tuck into one of the slimy beasts on Christmas Eve, when the main meal is eaten here.
So it was with alarm that many read an article in the Fakt tabloid last week pointing out that the low temperatures Poland experienced last Spring hit Mr. and Mrs. Carp’s ability to produce lots of little, nipper carp.
Only half the usual amount survived the cold months of April and May. And what fish there is this Christmas will be significantly higher in price than usual.
This raises the grave possibility that Poles living in the UK will be not just be sending home money this Xmas.