Finnish visitors enjoy their taste of Angus

Nina and Riitta are pictured during their jam-making session.
Nina and Riitta are pictured during their jam-making session.

Two Finnish journalists discovered some of the culinary delights of Angus during a two-day visit to the county.

Riitta Mustonen and Nina Holmlund stopped off recently on their way to the International Agricultural Journalists’ Congress in Aberdeen.

Staying at Peel Farm’s steading conversion at Lintrathen, they were given a whistle-top tour of the area by farm owner Frances Fleming.

Riitta, who writes for a Finnish farming publication and is the Secretary General of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, gave the experience her seal of approval.

She said: “It’s amazing here. It was lovely to be right in the middle of the Angus Glens, especially as, on our first evening, we hiked to the waterfall at Reekie Linn, which was a wonderful sight, and enjoyed a meal at the Glen Isla Hotel.”

The first stop on their tour, however, was Glamis Castle.

Nina added: “For me, one of the highlights of this visit was exploring the recently-restored Victorian walled garden at Glamis. That’s a very special place.”

The journalists’ visit to Glamis was followed by a chance to experience a true ‘Taste of Angus’, with strawberry picking at Myreton of Tealing Farm.

They then tried their hand at jam-making in Frances’s kitchen.

Riitta continued: “In Finland, people occasionally make berries into jam but it’s more common to freeze berries so they can be used all year round, perhaps in porridge or as a dessert.”

Frances, who, as an ambassador for the recently-held World Jampionships 2014, presented Riitta and Nina with exclusive World Jampionship aprons.

As they waited for their freshly-made jam to cool, Nina and Riitta revealed that they will be writing about much more than agriculture on their return to Finland.

Riitta said: “I will be telling my readers about the lovely landscape of Angus and I’ll be highlighting Angus as a place for Finnish people to go on holiday. The wildlife is spectacular and Finns appreciate lovely scenery.”