Scottish Food | Cereals
Oats and barley play an important role in Scottish food and drink. One of the best ways to start the day is with a hearty bowl of porridge, and barley is central to the creation of both Scotch whisky and ales.
The main cereal grown in Scotland is barley and this important commercial crop with its characteristic 'beard' is concentrated on the east of the country where the most fertile land is found
The humble oat has been a staple of the Scottish diet since medieval times. It is used to make porridge, of course, as well as such other traditional favourites as oatcakes, bannocks, skirlie, haggis, mealy pudding and for frying fish.