Food & Drink in April

As well as our national dishes and drinks, different parts of Scotland offer distinctive flavours, textures and names and it is well worth trying some regional food offerings. The Scots are known for their fondness of sugary treats, so it is no surprise that we can claim ownership for a number of sweet and delicious foods.

Fruity, sticky marmalade has been made in Dundee since the late 18th century when James Keiller and his mother Janet opened a factory to produce Dundee Marmalade, a preserve with thick chunks of Seville orange rind. The business prospered and remains a signature marmalade producer today.

Another famous offering from this city is Dundee Cake, a distinctive fruit sponge topped with blanched almonds. As well as marmalade production, Keiller’s were also said to have been the first commercial producers this cake and there are even claims that the family developed the original recipe.

Heading south, Selkirk Bannock originates from the town of the same name in the Scottish Borders where it is traditionally made. Bannock is a word thought to be a Scots word of Celtic origin, and refers to a round, baked product made from grain.  The main ingredients include wheat flour and raisins and you’ll find that Selkirk bannock is spongy and buttery, similar to a fruitcake. The first known maker of this bannock was a baker named Robbie Douglas, who opened his shop in Selkirk in 1859. Why not visit Selkirk and try freshly made bannock from one of the town’s bakeries?