are a type of smoked haddock
– a speciality of the town of Arbroath
The Arbroath Smokie originated in the small fishing village
, three miles northeast of Arbroath
. Local legend has it a store caught fire one night, destroying barrels of haddock
preserved in salt. The following morning, the people found some of the barrels had caught fire, cooking the haddock inside. Inspection revealed the haddock to be quite tasty. It is much more likely the villagers were of Scandinavian
descent, as the 'Smokie making' process is similar to smoking methods which are still employed in areas of Scandinavia.
Towards the end of the 19th century, as Arbroath's fishing industry died, the Town Council offered the fisherfolk from Auchmithie land in an area of the town known as the fit o' the toon
. It also offered them use of the modern harbour. Much of the Auchmithie population then relocated, bringing the Arbroath Smokie recipe with them. Today, some 15 local businesses produce Arbroath Smokies, selling them in major supermarkets in the UK and online.
In 2004, the European Commission
registered the designation "Arbroath Smokies" as a Protected Geographical Indication
under the EU
's Protected Food Name Scheme, acknowledging its unique status.
Arbroath Smokies are prepared using traditional methods dating back to the late 1800s.
The fish are first salted
overnight. They are then tied in pairs using hemp... Read More