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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hebridean Cuisine

Hebridean food has much in common with the cuisine of the Shetland Islands.

Hebridean Cuisine.

The Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, are known for their high-quality fish and seafood especially crabs, lobsters, mussels, oysters, salmon and scallops.

Smoked fish is another treat from the Hebrides and there are smokehouses in Stornoway and on North Uist and South Uist.

Stornoway Black Pudding is a local specialty that visitors should be encouraged to try. Local butchers add a local twist to their puddings make the taste unique to the locality.

Hebridean lamb and cattle are raised on both grass and heather which gives the meat a lovely taste.

Hebridean Cuisine.

Famed desserts from the islands include Scottish tablets and delicious shortbreads. Luxury chocolate truffles are sold across the Hebrides direct from Stornoway's very own chocolate factory - Hebridean Chocolates - while the Hebridean Toffee Company based on the Isle of Barra produces homemade luxury confectionery sold across the islands and in the shops of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Outer Hebrides has its own beer brewed in Stornoway at the Hebridean Brewery and for whisky try a dram from the new Abhainn Dearg distillery in Uig, on the Isle of Lewis.

Spirit of Lewis, Hebrides.

Spirit of Lewis is single malt spirit from the distillery but is aged for less than 3 years so is legally not a whisky.

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