Scran season 3: The rise of Scottish sea salt - with Orsay, Blackthorn and East Neuk

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 28th May 2021
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran, Rosalind takes a deep dive into the world of artisan Scottish sea salt.

She's joined by guests Gregorie Marshall from Blackthorn Salt, Darren Peattie from the East Neuk Salt Company and Anna Hock from Orsay Sea Salt.

Gregorie discusses the inspiration for his eye catching blockthorn salt tower, located in Ayrshire and explains how it works.

He also explains the differences in salt and whether or not we can expect to see a dedicated salt spa any time soon.

The Blackthorn salt tower

Anna and Darren are just getting into salt production, with Anna based on Islay and Darren in St Monans in Fife.

Darren was keen to bring back salt production to the East Neuk as a nod to the history but also to create jobs, whereas Anna has turned a hobby into a business that is already thriving thanks to the tourism and interest in Islay.

They both chat about the challenges they've faced, from missing polytunnels to engineering trials.

They also discuss their plans for the future, which will include collaborations with local businesses and a gin.

Listen to the episode in full

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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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