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The Jerusalem Artichoke

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus Tuberosus), also known as the sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambur, is a species of sunflower native to the eastern United States, from Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. Its tuber is used as a root vegetable and is cultivated widely across the temperate zone. […]

Posted on: 18 January 2011
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The Christmas Pudding Tradition

“Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” This short prayer, commonly cited on the last Sunday before advent by many households and still in traditional churches would […]

Posted on: 06 December 2010
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Brambles – Best of the Autumn Harvest

Brambles or blackberries are the one connection that most of us have to the wild harvest in Britain.  It is partly due to their accessibility: brambles abound in hedgerows and at the edges of woodland, making them an easy wild snack even for those who don’t like to wander too far from the car.  The […]

Posted on: 08 September 2010
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Grouse and the Glorious 12th

The 12th of August, when the first Grouse are shot in Scotland, is a date marked on all serious chefs’ calendars and our freshly shot birds come via Tom, a close friend of head chef Johnny Aitken, where all eager hands in the kitchen grab a bird and start the therapeutic plucking ritual, after all […]

Posted on: 12 August 2010
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Raspberries – the Perfect Summer Fruit

Although Scottish raspberries are in abundance at the moment, raspberries are grown all over the world and actually come in all different colours from black orange, yellow, purple and white and of course red, the colour we are all most familiar with. In Scotland the main raspberry regions for growing are Perthshire and Fife where […]

Posted on: 30 July 2010
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