Scran series 2: Secrets of the Birch Tree - with Rob and Gabrielle from Birken Tree

Welcome to series two of Scran - the podcast passionate about food and drink.

Published 10th Apr 2020
Updated 11 th Oct 2023

Series two of Scran is now airing fortnightly and this week, listeners are invited to take a stroll in some ancient woodlands in Perthshire as I chat to founders of Birken Tree, Rob and Gabrielle about how and why they harvest Birch water and the health benefits provided by it.

I also speak to restaurant critic for the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, Cat Thomson about foraging finds, menus and what she's cooking now we are all at home.

It's worth noting that the main interview with Rob and Gabrielle was done before government lockdown rules came into place, and that from now on, interviews will be done from home over the phone.

Listen to episode one now

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• Listen back to episodes one,  two three four five six  seven  eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen and fifteen of Scran.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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