• The Edingburgh Soot Licker, just one of the characters from The Concise Field Guide to the Haggis of Scotland. To read more about the character simply click add to cart to purchase the book.

A bizarre haggis, roof top dwelling and nesting happily around the chimney pots of Edinburgh, it makes us realise that nature will somehow find a way and evolution is an ongoing process.

The huge long tongue of the Soot Licker, was pickled or salted and used as a preserved food in the olden days of sailing ships. Old ship manifests would detail how many barrels of “salted Tongue” were carried.

The pickled tongues were usually considered superior to the salted ones and kept for the ships officers with the salted tongues being served to the rest of the ships company. Thinly sliced and served on a type of dried biscuit they sustained many a sailor on voyages around the world.


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The Edingburgh Soot Licker, just one of the characters from The Concise Field Guide to the Haggis of Scotland. To read more about the character simply click add to cart to purchase the book.

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