Scran season 7: Unusual Scottish food and drink businesses

Published 17th Jul 2023
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

In this episode of Scran, we are delving into some slightly lesser known and more niche products available in Scotland. We hear about an interesting array of produce, which, coincidentally are all businesses being run by women. 

First up Rosalind chats to Clare MacDougall of The 1295 Caviar Company - Clare is an entrepreneur with a background in marketing for the food and beverage industry. Her company exclusively imports and distributes Sturia caviar from France, in Scotland.

Rosalind also chats to Pinkie Methven and Ronnie Murray of the Tea Gardens of Scotland who collectively produce Nine Ladies Dancing - a unique blend of tea which is grown in Scotland by nine female tea growers. 

Finally, Rosalind caught up with Sheena Horner of Galloway Chillies.

Nine Ladies Dancing Tea
Nine Ladies Dancing Tea which is sold at the rare tea counter of Fortnum & Mason's, London

Sheena opens the lid on the fascinating world of chilli growing and how intense a process it can be. She tells us about the huge amount of varieties there are and which are the hot ones you should really be looking out for.

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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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