Local produce in Orkney

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  • Barony bere and berry biscuits from the Birsay Bay Tearoom, Orkney Mainland
    Barony bere and berry biscuits from the Birsay Bay Tearoom, Orkney Mainland
  • Fisherman on boat holds a freshly caught lobster
    Fresh Orkney lobster
  • North Ronaldsay mutton with a Orkney cheddar and ale sauce
    North Ronaldsay mutton with a Orkney cheddar and ale sauce
  • Orkney fudge cheesecake topped with fresh Scottish raspberries as prepared by Scottish food writer and author Sue Lawrence
    Orkney fudge cheesecake as prepared by Scottish food writer and author Sue Lawrence

You’ll find a delicious range of regional produce on Orkney, with the local ingredients varying in accordance with the changing seasons.

Surrounded as it is by the teeming waters of the North Sea, you would expect fish and seafood to feature strongly here and you won't be disappointed. From the delicious Bay of Firth oysters and razor clams to the sweet indulgence of lobster and hand-dived scallops plus a range of less familiar local favourites such as torsk, sea witch, and megrim, Orkney’s seafood is full of intense and succulent flavours.

The islands also boast some of Scotland's most fertile farmland, producing beef, pork and lamb for tables across Britain and further afield. The unique flavours of the North Ronaldsay sheep, which feed mainly on seaweed, are particularly in demand and a 'must-taste' for anyone visiting Orkney. Orcadian salads, vegetable and potatoes - often organically grown - compliment a main dish and creamy Orkney cheese and oatcakes round it off perfectly.

While the region delivers a great selection of savoury ingredients, it also provides a truly tempting range of sweets. Why not indulge in some delicious Orkney fudge or ice cream, made from the finest Orcadian dairy products? Or treat yourself to a hamper filled with the islands' delicious produce from Judith Glue's, or the Orkney Hamper Company. For a traditional specialty, try a bannock (a thick, flat scone) with local rhubarb jam. 

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