The Scottish firms producing herbs and oils
Perthshire firms Scotherbs and Summer Harvest
It’s not just raspberries and other soft fruit that thrives in Perthshire’s fertile soil. For Scotherbs founder Robert Wilson the elevated Braes of Gowrie have been so successful they now grow their culinary herbs on 250 acres. ‘I wouldn’t move anywhere else,’ he says. ‘There’s no other area that could do better.’
Fields of oil seed rape are destined for a relatively new product: luxury cold-pressed rapeseed oil. This has a distinctive flavour, according to Summer Harvest’s founder, Mark Bush: ‘The long daylight hours we get mean consistent growing conditions. We have fairly mild springs and summers, and Strathearn is renowned for its soil conditions.’ Wine expert Tom Forrest has told him that the region is comparable to the conditions in Marlborough, New Zealand, famous for its sauvignon blanc grapes.