"Ichiban" - A New Scottish | Kobe Beef Christmas Hamper from Lucies Farm

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"Ichiban" is the Japanese word for "Number One." It's also the perfect name for the Best Of The Best holiday gift hamper from Lucies Farm.

The Lucies Farm Ichiban premier holiday hamper is overflowing with meat, treats, edibles, and luxuries from the East - and closer to home. Each hamper is bursting with:

• 3 kg (approx.) Scottish | Kobe Rib Roast

• A Wireless Meat Thermometer

• A 12-18" Wellingtonia Tree

• 40-ounce (1,120 gm) of Virginia Peanuts

• Maneki Neko (lucky cat bank)

• 1.5 pound (681 g) box of Scottish Tablet (fudge)

All That And Something More . . .

All of your gifts are carefully cushioned for shipping in natural packing material and handsomely presented in a hand-made wooden crate. After the holidays are over, it's a perfect storage container for Christmas china, Christmas ornaments, and lots of treasured Christmas memories.

But the box is just the beginning - wait until you see what's inside:

The Meat of the Matter

We start with a 3 kg Scottish | Kobe rib roast from our pedigree Aberdeen Angus or Highland cattle. This beef has been aged for 21 days and will make a magnificent centrepiece for any Christmas dinner.

Perfect Timing

To help ensure that the rib roast achieves mouthwatering perfection, we've included a wireless meat thermometer. Simply put the probe into the roast: its connected via a thin cable to a small battery-operated transmitter that is placed outside the oven door. The pager-sized, goes-anywhere receiver will alert you when your meal is almost ready, and will display the interior meat temperature in real time.

Christmas "Tree"

It's quite a responsibility to plant a tree that will grow for up to 3,000 years. So be prepared -- a 12-18" inch potted Wellingtonia is included in your gift box.

These beautiful trees grow up to two feet a year and are shaped like green rockets. Hearty and holiday-friendly, they tolerate most soil types. The tree, a Giant Sequoia, was named Wellingtonia in the U.K. in honour of the Duke of Wellington. "Gardeners Chronicle" broke the news of the discovery of the giant tree on Christmas Eve, 1853.

Peanuts to You

Virginia peanuts, grown mostly in the sandy loam soil of Southeastern Virginia, are known for their extra-large kernels and extra-big taste. Ours are hand-picked in Emporia, Virginia, and are then blanched and cooked in canola oil and a pinch of salt for their unique crunchy texture.

A Gift of Good Luck

The charming Maneki Neko cat is a beloved and ubiquitous symbol in Japan and a perfect addition to the Ichiban. The Maneki Neko we've included has two upraised paws -- the beckoning gesture is thought to bring good luck (a raised left paw invites guests, a raised right paw invites good fortune).

Sweet Dreams

Do you like to bite into candy that bites back a bit? Then you'll love Scottish Tablet. It's like fudge, but more grainy; like toffee, but not chewy. In a nutshell, Scottish Tablet is a wee bit of heaven in an otherwise dreich country. We've included more than just a wee bit -- a 1.5 pound (681 g) box is enclosed.

Even if you don't speak Japanese, say "Ichiban" for a Merry - and #1 - Christmas.

About Lucies Farm Ltd.

Craig and Marjorie Walsh own and operate Lucies Farm, one of the leading breeders of pure Highland cattle in the U.K. With regular massages and a beer and grain diet, Lucies Farm turns Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle into Scottish | Kobe beef. Lucies offers a premium line of Scottish | Kobe beef and Kobe dog food/treats, as well as providing luxury dog kennel facilities.

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