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Freshly Picked Book Review

Freshly Picked: A Locavore’s Love Affair with BC’s Bounty. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press I can always count on BC Ferries to introduce me to new BC titles.  On a recent trip I picked up a delightful read by Whistler resident, Jane Reid.  Some of you may be familiar with her work from articles in […]

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Building a brewery: Massive Molson Coors plant takes shape in Chilliwack Article mentions the resurgence of hop production in the Fraser Valley. See http://www.bcfoodhistory.ca/hop-farming/

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Getting Organized for Christmas

Getting Organized for Christmas In 1943, BC Electric Home Service[i] produced a Home Service Bulletin booklet titled Christmas Festivities[ii], eight pages of menus and recipes.  It began with a time-table: What stood out for me on this list was putting up the decorations on December 22. I am already seeing decorated Christmas trees and outside […]

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Sushi in British Columbia

When did sushi come to British Columbia? BC’s claim to the California Roll begins with the assertion that Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Vancouver first introduced it to Canadian and international tourists. Because the roll was so popular with tourists from Los Angeles, he named it after their home state. However food historians in California say it […]

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The Egg Carton Invented in BC

As this promotional ad indicates, the egg carton was invented in BC[I] It started in Aldermere, BC, in 1911 (near present-day Telkwa), when a  hotel owner decided that baskets were not the best way to transport eggs[ii].  His complaint about the numbers of eggs broken in a delivery he received (transported by horse and wagon […]

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Salal

Salal is the last traditional food plant I will discuss for this month. I found salal (Gaultheria shallon) among the cedar trees just steps from our property.  This sturdy evergreen shrub grows along  the Pacific coast where it spreads quickly to form dense thickets. It loves to grow in coniferous forests from the seashore to […]

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Evergreen Huckleberry

  When I saw this Evergreen Huckleberry bush in my new neighbourhood, I immediately felt at home.  I came across this lovely plant as it struggled for survival in the midst of logging debris, choked out by blackberry brambles. In one of our previous residences we planted an “edible hedge” along one side of our […]

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Wild Red Flowering Currant

The wild red flowering currant is native to BC and also a very popular shrub in England. My husband and I moved to the Cowichan Valley this winter and I have been enjoying just getting to know my new neighbourhood.  Imagine my delight in coming across this beautiful flowering shrub on in the woods near […]

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Bee Cee Honey

If you grew up in BC you’ll probably recognize the Bee Cee Honey trademark[i].  It was owned by Hodgson Bee Supplied Ltd. located in New Westminister, BC. Established in the late 1940s/early 1950s, the Bee Cee Honey packing plant handled honey from the Peace River District and became a popular recognizable brand throughout the province […]

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