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The Joy of Scottish Asparagus

The window of opportunity may be short, but it also one of the most glorious in the foodie calendar; asparagus season is here!


Asparagus in Scotland is a bit like the sunshine, enjoying a glorious, but somewhat brief moment in the spotlight, bringing happiness in abundance to all who indulge!

The local season can be as short as three weeks, and certainly won’t stretch to much longer than six, and it is this tiny window that ensures chefs and delis across the country jump on the pick of the crop to offer to offer a host of creative dishes and bright green shelves of produce, throughout April and May.

Why so brief? Well, unfortunately it dislikes the rain and doesn’t fare well in temperatures below 10 degrees. It is a miracle, quite frankly, that we have any harvest at all! However, here in Tayside we are blessed with local farms such as Denhead and Eassie who work tirelessly to counteract these less than favourable conditions, and in doing so, deliver a high-quality product that tastes and looks fantastic.

Packed full of goodness, asparagus is a natural diuretic, and boasts nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, folate, iron, potassium, copper, calcium, and protein—and is a rich source of antioxidants.

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  • Our asparagus is grown less than 30 minutes away from the shop, on Easter Denhead family farm just outside Coupar Angus, in the heart of the beautiful and fertile Strathmore valley.

Seasonal Asparagus Recipes 

We’ve used Denhead Farm asparagus with Tracklements strong horseradish cream - a marriage made in foodie heaven in our humble opinion. Try the smoked salmon pasta for a quick and easy mid-week dinner, and get use out of Tracklements' jar by serving up this delicious salad with radishes and new potatoes. 

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Hot Smoked Salmon with Asparagus and Strong Horseradish Cream

Serves: 2. Ready in 10 to 15 mins.

  • 160g farfalle pasta
  • 150g asparagus
  • 100g hot smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche
  • 1 tbsp Tracklements Strong Horseradish Cream
  • salt and pepper


Cook the pasta according to instructions. Meanwhile steam the asparagus and cut into inch long pieces. Drain the pasta leaving 1 tbsp of liquid in the pan with the pasta. Stir in the salmon, asparagus, crème fraiche and Strong Horseradish Cream – we use Tracklements readymade. Season to taste.


Asparagus, New Potato and Radish Salad

Ideal for the summer weather and as an accompaniment for BBQ’s, this potato salad is packed full of crunch and flavour.


  • 500g new potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 125g asparagus spears
  • handful of sugar snap peas, halved lengthways
  • handful chopped radishes
  • A handful of pea shoots
  • small bunch of dill roughly chopped


  • 130g crème fraîche
  • 3-4 tbsp Tracklements Strong Horseradish Cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey


Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted boiling water for 20 mins or until tender. Cut the potatoes in half lengthways and toss in a little olive oil and season. Toss the asparagus spears in oil and season.

Set a griddle pan over a high heat until searing hot, griddle the potatoes cut side down until strong lines appear. Do the same with the asparagus. Arrange the potatoes, asparagus, radishes and sugar snap peas on a serving platter.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and season to taste. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, finish with the pea shoots and dill sprinkled on top.

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