How the Scottish Crannog Centre showcases the Iron Age diet
Perthshire attraction offers sample of 2500-year-old cookery techniques
‘Fish, encased in clay and baked, served with a sorrel sauce, accompanied by fresh bread rolls spread with cloudberry jam, washed down with a dandelion cordial.’
While that might sound like a tempting menu option in a trendy restaurant, it is, in fact, a taster of 2500-year-old cookery you might be able to sample at the Scottish Crannog Centre by Kenmore, a heritage attraction that brings existence in the crannogs – Iron Age loch dwellings – to life.
As well as an interactive exploration of the crafts and technology of the time, the centre hosts a variety of food-themed events throughout the year. These feature demonstrations of ancient cooking techniques using clay ovens and open hearths to prepare the sorts of meals, from meat stew to nettle soup, which fed our ancestors.