Putting London on the food map

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OUR cap­i­tal city has fi­nally got it’s first prod­uct with a Pro­tected Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tion (PGI); London Cure Smoked Sal­mon is pro­duced by H. For­man & Sons, the only fam­ily-owned Jewish smoke­house re­main­ing of many that were once in east London.

Now that nearly half of all smoked sal­mon sold in the UK comes from Nor­way—of­ten smoked in Scot­land and then mis­lead­ingly la­belled as ‘Scot­tish smoked sal­mon’—and 90% is fil­leted by ma­chine, mak­ing it less fresh, the PGI sta­tus is more wel­come than ever.

‘Our busi­ness is not just to smoke sal­mon, but to act as the keeper of an ex­tra­or­di­nary tra­di­tion, with the mis­sion and de­sire to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on how this tra­di­tional food should be made,’ com­ments Lance For­man. For­man & Sons’ London Cure Smoked Sal­mon is hand-fil­leted, dry-cured (with­out sugar) and del­i­cately oak-smoked—and it cer­tainly isn’t vac­uum-packed. It’s avail­able to buy at www.for­manand­field.com and at shops in­clud­ing Sel­fridges and Har­rods.

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