During my visit to Farm Shop & Deli Show this year, I discovered lots of interesting products to be launched onto the market soon. Perhaps, my favourite this year were the rollmops of Silver Darlings: Scandinavian style pickled herrings manufactured in Britain.
Story behind Silver Darlings
Herring has an important historical connection with the north of Scotland in the early 19th century, when whole families relied on this fish for their livelihood. It was an abundant local resource that expanded Scottish fishing villages in the 1950s.
Silver Darlings people became passionate about pickled herrings after their frequent trips to Scandinavia, where rollmops are much appreciated. They decided to spread their interest taking advantage of local production of herring in Scotland and try to make them more widely available in Britain.
Marinades of Scotland, hand produce a range of pickled herrings for the company, straight from the banks of the river Spey in the Scottish Highlands. The final product is sustainable and kosher-friendly.
Taste and serving
There are two varieties of Silver Darlings rollmops. Regular pickled herrings have a nice sharp flavour meanwhile sweet dill flavour rollmops are more aromatic and extremely sweet. Both of them are a real delight, but it depends on your mood to choose one or another.
You can eat the rollmops straight out of the tub or served on traditional rye bread. They can be nicely presented wrapped around a piece of pickle and speared with a toothpick. Alternatively, toss them in a salad with potatoes and sour cream or mix with leafy greens and beetroot.
Support British fisherman
Silver Darling is currently selling in Billingsgate fish market in London, working with Scottish fishermen side by side. The family behind the brand is lovely and they are really excited about their rollmops, which always help to develop a great product.
I thoroughly recommend trying their rollmops. I’m sure you will fall in love with the Scandinavian cuisine supporting local economy in Britain.
*British Local Food received complimentary samples for review and this post reflects the author’s honest opinion of the product.