• Birchwater

    AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM THEIR WEBSITE ON LINK This is a fascinating, refreshing and healthy thirst quencher that brings with it the essence of mountain air and clear lochs. Birchwater is an ancient drink, harvested sustainably from birch woodland and sold beautifully bottled for the table or al fresco.It is pure, Read more [...]

  • Musselburgh Leek

    SEEDS AVAILABLE FROM WB £3.50 INLCUD P&P IN UK – CLICK ON CONTACT BUTTON Musselburgh leeks are a short variety with thick white stems. They differ from the “London leek” that have more evenly spaced leaves around the stem. Soils that are fertile, rich and well drained provide ideal growing Read more [...]

  • Rouge d’Ecosse Wheat

    AVAILABLE ONLINE/ ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ON FARM COLLECTION/CLICK ON WEBSITE FOR STOCKISTS Wholemeal certified organic wheat flour freshly milled from Scottish heritage wheat variety Rouge d’Ecosse. This grain was almost gone and thanks to enormous effort from Andrew Whitley of Bread Matters http://www.breadmatters.com and a few enthusiasts, they have enabled a Read more [...]

  • Arran Victory Potato

    AVAILABLE ONLINE/ ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ON FARM COLLECTION FOR GROWING – SKEA ORGANICS Cultivated on the Isle of Arran for, and named in celebration of the end of WW1 in 1918. Its defining feature is the deep purple-blue hue of its skin and whiter-than- most within. It has a special Read more [...]

  • Highland Burgundy Red Potato

    AVAILABLE ONLINE/ ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ON FARM COLLECTION FOR GROWING – SKEA ORGANICS This unique looking variety of the potato has a sweet taste, floury texture and a visual striking look that is distinctive red. Highland Burgundy Red is only available in a few farm shops across the country and Read more [...]

  • Fife Farmhouse Cheese

    NOT ONLINE YET BUT AVAILABLE THROUGH GOOD DELIS & CHEESEMONGERS This is a hard regional cheese associated with Fife where there has been Friesian herds since the late 1700’s due to the trading with the Dutch ships and changing of farming systems. Throughout this part of Fife you can see Read more [...]

  • North Ronaldsay Sheep (Mutton)

    NONE AVAILABLE BEFORE NEXT YEAR Scotland’s first Presidium. North Ronaldsay Mutton is highly seasonal but freezes beautifully. Look out for it in March/April then sometimes in autumn. When visiting North Ronaldsay there are daily flights and a regular ferry service. We stayed at the lovely refurbished Lighthouse Cottages at the Read more [...]

  • Isle of Skye Sea Salt

    AVAILABLE – ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ CHECK OUT WEBLINK FOR LOCAL STOCKISTS Isle of Skye Sea Salt is 100% harvested from Loch Snizort and evapourates using only the power of the suns rays, creating a delicious, unique and eco friendly product. With evidence of local salt production traced back centuries, this Read more [...]

  • Briggs’ Native Shetland Lamb

    POSSIBLY AVAILABLE – CLICK ON CONTACT BUTTON TO CHECK Native Shetland Lamb happily exist in the most rugged land and extreme climate but their dainty size and slow growing characteristics make them unfashionable and less profitable in the eyes of commercial agribusiness. We have already seen many breeds disappearing this way. Read more [...]

  • Wild Scottish Juniper

    A WILD FORAGE BERRY WHEN IN SEASON Rare to find so good luck! Found across Scotland, it thrives in drier areas where trees enjoy bright sunshine and open space. The foliage consists of needles and its fruit a blue and aromatic berry. The young shoots were also used for seasoning. Read more [...]

  • ‘Anster’ Cheese

    NOT ONLINE YET BUT AVAILABLE THROUGH GOOD DELIS & CHEESEMONGERS In Scotland, the old cheeses were named after the nearest town or region and Anster is the old name for Anstruther and still used by older generations to this day. Jane has revived this fine traditional farmhouse cheese at St Andrews Read more [...]

  • Beauty of Moray Apple

    NOT AVAILABLE The Beauty of Moray is an old Scottish cooking apple, first recorded in 1883, a favourite in the North of Scotland. Hardy, moderately vigorous tree with attractive small pink blossom, noted for its beauty – hence the name. It flowers mid-season in the north of Scotland, thus overlapping Read more [...]

  • Golspie Mill & Ark of Taste Peasemeal

    AVAILABLE ONLINE/ ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ALSO DISTRIBUTED VIA GREENCITY COOP Peasemeal is a versatile, healthy and nutritious flour used in cooking and baking since Roman times. Unique to Golspie Mill, yellow field peas are roasted, caramelizing some of the sugars present, darkening them and increasing the nutritional value, giving Read more [...]

  • Mountain Hare

    NOT AVAILABLE These are alarmingly threatened by extinction and are not for consumption for the forseeable future. The mountain hare is genuinely native to the UK, unlike the more common Brown Hare or even the rabbit, both of which are introduced species. In recent times, it has received some protection as Read more [...]

  • Traditional Finnan Haddie

    AVAILABLE FROM GOOD LOCAL FISHMONGERS BUT BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE REAL DEAL NOT A DYED BONELESS GOLDEN CUTLET!! A true Finnan Haddie is a split, whole gutted fish, not the mass-produced dyed boneless fillets. The delicate smoke gives it a wonderful flavor. It has a long association with Read more [...]

  • Scottish Food Studio

    Courses in Fife – Cheese Lovers – Hygge – Slow Food Ark of Taste – Fika, and more. Scottish Food Studio is Wendy’s Nordic inspired kitchen by Fife’s Coastal Path where she offers a range of popular bespoke courses and also REHIS registered Food Hygiene courses. Her venue is also Read more [...]

  • James Grieve Apple

    YOUNG TREES AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA CONACT BUTTON It is considered a very Scottish variety with strong historic links to Edinburgh. It is sharp and juicy – a delicious and attractive apple. Mr Grieve bred his own variety of apple whilst working at Dickson & Son Nursery. The James Grieve Apple Read more [...]

  • Gordon Castle Plum

    CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. ALL HARVEST BEING USED FOR ARTISAN GIN PRODUCTION. THAT IS AVAILABLE. The Gordon Castle plum was bred by John Webster, head gardener at Gordon Castle near Fochabers in Moray and first recorded in 1864. It is a late dessert plum from the north of Scotland. It has Read more [...]

  • Selkirk Bannock

    AVAILABLE VIA ON CONTACT BUTTON – CRIEFF SHOP ALSO OPEN FOR COLLECTION The Selkirk Bannock is a famous Border baked treat, a richly fruited bread dough, individually hand made, traditionally served at afternoon tea. It is recorded as the only thing that Queen Victoria would eat when she visited Sir Read more [...]

  • Scottish Artisan Crowdie

    AVAILABLE VIA AYRSHIRE FOOD NETWORK / ENQUIRE FOR STOCKISTS ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ON FARM COLLECTION Crowdie is a traditional fresh Scottish cheese dating back to the Viking era, and possibly even Pictish. Traditionally made in every farmhouse on a small scale with milk from their traditional house cow – Ayrshire Read more [...]

  • Tappit Shetland Hen

    NOT AVAILABLE Another breed entirely thanks to the Isbisters at Burland Croft. These hens are very rare and all originate from only the Shetland Isles. They have been breeding Shetland Hens since the 1970’s at Burland Croft on the island of Trondra. Rare breeds of poultry seem often to be unfairly Read more [...]

  • Salted Dry Cured Ling

    AVAILABLE MAIL ORDER FROM THULE VENTUS – CLICK ON CONTACT BUTTON There is archaeological evidence that this preservation method of curing ling & cod has been going on at least since 900AD on Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles. The large well-built boats allowed them to catch great quantities from the Read more [...]

  • Cambusnethan Pippin

    YOUNG TREES AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA CONACT BUTTON This is a good firm eating apple with an interesting history and very specific geographical significance. Once, like many heirloom varieties, it was remarkably popular and enjoyed throughout Scotland; nowadays lost its fame and popularity. The Cambusnethan Pippin has been revived from Read more [...]

  • Native Bred Aberdeen Angus

    AVAILABLE MAIL ORDER/COLLECT FROM HARDIESMILL FARM SHOP, BERWICKSHIRE – CLICK ON CONTACT BUTTON OR WEBSITE Native Bred Aberdeen Angus beef has fine marbling that gives juicy flavoursome meat. It must be grass fed and suitably hung.  The meat is less grainy, more buttery and malleable in texture. There are dedicated Read more [...]

  • Shetland Cabbage

      NOT AVAILABLE  Fairly unavailable – currently researching seed specialists. This has been saved thanks to the efforts of the Isbisters who you will read all about on these pages. They grow a small crop on their croft where it is available in season on Shetland. They are also supporting the Read more [...]

  • Isle of Barra Snails

    NOT SURE OF AVAILABILITY – ENQUIRE VIA CONTACT BUTTON The unique natural clean island maritime air, the banning of pesticides on Barra and the herbage of the machair make this island snail unique. Gerard MacDonald, The Isle of Barra Oyster Company, who lives on Barra made it his business to Read more [...]

  • Shetland Black Potato

    AVAILABLE NOW TO PLANT FROM SKEA ORGANICS Shetland Black potatoes have been saved thanks to the efforts of the Isbisters who grow a small crop on their croft that are available in season on Shetland. They are also supporting the growing of these potatoes in school gardens on Shetland. For Read more [...]

  • Soay Sheep

    LIMITED AVAILABILITY – USE CONTACT BUTTON TO CHECK WITH TILLY AT REINDEER CENTRE The Soay has the most primitive appearance of any British sheep breed and takes its name from the island of Soay in the St. Kilda group in the far north of Scotland. The meat is delicious, dark Read more [...]

  • Native Scottish Goat

    NOT AVAILABLE Goats first appeared in Scotland before sheep and date back as far as 8 thousand years ago when there was still ice in Scotland, yet there are those authorities that wish to deem it an invasive ‘alien’ species to enable it to be eradicated! This is a Stone Age Read more [...]

  • Shetland Geese

    NOT AVAILABLE This is not available for eating due to scarcity, unless you breed some yourself, but their eggs are available locally. The Shetland Goose is considered to be a domestic bird with Greylag ancestry and valued for its ability to thrive on grazing, fertilise the pasture, egg production, meat, and Read more [...]

  • Bloody Ploughman Apple

    YOUNG TREES AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA CONACT BUTTON Due to the memorable story of its inception, it is an apple that engages the imagination and it is also both beautiful and delicious. The story goes that a ploughman was caught stealing apples from the Megginch Estate and shot dead by a Read more [...]

  • Hebridean Sheep

    AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA ON CONTACT BUTTON They are direct descendants of the ancient North European short tailed sheep that came to Scotland 8 thousand years ago. Small, hardy and lively ewes rarely weighing more than 40kg. Originally from the Hebrides and now very few flocks left. Their dainty frame means small Read more [...]

  • Original Arbroath Smokies

    CONTACT IAIN DIRECT ON CONTACT BUTTON FOR UPDATES ON AVAILABILITY Local haddock hot smoked in barrels in small batches under hessian – white fragrant flakes with no additives or dyes. Arbroath Smokies originated in the tiny village of Auchmithie where the Scandinavian influence brought about this delightful delicacy. Fishwives originally Read more [...]

  • Scots Grey Hen

    NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE This is not available for eating due to scarcity but you may wish consider breeding them! The Scots Grey is an old breed of domestic chicken originating in Scotland in the sixteenth century.  The chicken has barred feathering of metallic black on a steel grey background. It Read more [...]

  • Salt Herring

    CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN COLLABORATION WITH BLYD O’IT & THULE VENTIS – ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON In the late 19th century, Scotland became the world’s largest producer of salt herring. 90% was exported in wooden barrels to Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and Germany where the Scottish cure was highly esteemed.   The Read more [...]

  • Papa Stour Shetland Hen

    NOT AVAILABLE Another breed entirely thanks to the Isbisters at Burland Croft. These hens are very rare and all originate from only the Shetland Isles. They have been breeding Shetland Hens since the 1970’s at Burland Croft on the island of Trondra. There are so few left they are in a Read more [...]

  • Scots Dumpy Hen

    NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE This are not available for eating due to scarcity. If you would like to keep hens, they could be perfect for you. This ancient landrace breed existed over 700 years ago.  It has a large, low heavy body. There is no set colour for the Scots Dumpy, Read more [...]

  • Shetland Duck

    NOT AVAILABLE This are not available for eating due to scarcity, unless you breed some yourself, but their eggs are available locally. Another breed entirely thanks to the Isbisters at Burland Croft. Thanks to them the true breeding Shetland Duck is still in existence. These ducks are very rare and all originate Read more [...]

  • Kye Sassermaet

    AVAILABLE MAIL ORDER VIA CONTACT BUTTON This is a unique preserved meat product that is made fresh from oneShetland Kye, when it is butchered, so it is only from one beast and that beast is also on Ark of Taste. To the uninitiated it may look like ordinary sausage meat Read more [...]

  • Dulse & Pepper Dulse

    WILD FORAGED IN SEASON Pepper dulse (Osmundea pinnatifida) is a red seaweed with smaller leaves than Dulse, another Ark product. It delicious raw or dried with a unique intense garlicky and truffle taste. When dried it has an umami flavor. Seaweed has been eaten around coastal areas and was part Read more [...]

  • Guga

    NOT AVAILABLE No contact details. Local knowledge required. They don’t come much more unique than the Guga, Gaelic for Gannet, harvested and prepared by a special group of 10 Ness men once a year for 2 weeks on the isle of Sùlaisgeir (Gannet Skerry), Sula being the Scandinavian word for Read more [...]

  • Beremeal

    AVAILABLE ONLINE/ ENQUIRE ON CONTACT BUTTON/ ALSO DISTRIBUTED VIA GREENCITY COOP Beremeal is flour made from Bere, an old variety of six-row barley described as having an earthy, slightly astringent, nutty flavour. Traditionally used to make a bannock, a specialty of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. Beremeal was widely used Read more [...]

  • Reestit Mutton

    AVAILABLE VIA ON CONTACT BUTTON Reestit Mutton is mutton from Native Shetland Sheep (Ark of Taste) salted in brine and hung to dry traditionally in the rafters, reest, of the house above a peat fire. The peaty smoke helps to season the meat and after being smoked, the meat is Read more [...]

  • Boreray Sheep

    AVAILABLE MAIL ORDER DEPENDING ON SUPPLY – CLICK ON CONTACT BUTTON FOR FURTHER INFO. MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE SEPTEMBER A primitive breed of sheep, with a small, slender frame, their wool is known to be fine and good for spinning.  All have heavy spiraling horns and their meat is Read more [...]

  • Prestonfield Rhubarb

    NOT AVAILABLE JUST NOW Prestonfield is a private hotel with the Prestonfield Rhubarb in their walled garden where their chefs have access to it and diners enjoy it. Thanks to their enthusiasm they sometimes share if/when they can. Cuttings have already been shared with a few Slow Food chefs in Read more [...]

  • Buttery

    NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE – SLOW FOOD ABERDEEN MAY HAVE THE RECIPE The Buttery or Rowie is a unique breakfast item with a distinctive crispy, flaky, flattened structure similar to a croissant, associated with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. It has a pronounced buttery, salty taste. The buttery is produced commercially but with Read more [...]