Archive | Food in History

Cariboo Sunflowers

Cariboo sunflowers are a beautiful marker of spring and in the not-too-distant past they were also an important food crop for the First Nations peoples of the BC interior. This plant, also known as arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), is a member of the aster family. Nowadays it grows plentifully on hillsides and grasslands.        […]

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White Spot – a BC legend

Recently we were contacted by Laura Brehaut of the National Post who was doing an article on the allure of White Spot’s secret “triple O” sauce[i]. Occasionally here at the BC Food History Network, we get such requests.  Sometimes we can assist and sometimes not, but the requests always pique our interest and have us […]

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How Honeybees Came to BC

It’s almost Valentine’s Day when sugar and sweetness abound, whether you celebrate the occasion or not.  This blog is going to focus on honeybees, whose hard work producing honey is critically important to agriculture and food production in British Columbia. Right now there is a lot of interest in bees because they pollinate plants that […]

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Groundhog Day

February 2 is more than Groundhog Day. It is a cross-quarter day that was important for the ancient Celts who marked the days that were halfway between solstice and an equinox [i]. Halfway between December 21 and March 21 is February 2, which is called Candlemas in addition to Groundhog Day. Halfway between March 21 […]

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Restaurant Menus

Restaurant menus provide a glimpse at the kinds of foods served in another time and place.  They are a condensed view of what’s available to eat and how it’s popularly served and eaten. The prices charged for meals are also fascinating. Have you collected or saved old menus? The Vancouver Museum currently has an exhibit titled […]

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