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Bulmans Cannery – the dehydration industry in Vernon

In 1927 Thomas Bulman of Bulman’s Limited spoke to the Vernon Rotary Club about a “dry story” – the development of the dehydration industry in Vernon.[i]  The Bulman Cannery dominated the Vernon landscape for fifty years.[ii] Bulman had started the firm in 1916 on a 4,000-acre ranch 16 kilometers north of Kelowna.[iii] The company had […]

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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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Cherry Olives

This final look at mock food considers the use of one ingredient to create a food that is not locally available, for example, the use of cherries to make Cherry Olives. The Okanagan area of British Columbia has an abundance of cherries in the summer months but olives don’t grow here. It’s not clear when […]

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Wild Mushrooms

Wild mushrooms that grow in British Columbia have wonderful names; Hideous Gomphidius, Blewit, Fat Jack, Shaggy Parasol, Lion’s Mane, Tippler’s Bane, birch polypore.  They were some of the surprise findings on a recent wild mushroom tour I took with Charles Reuchel of Elements Adventures , based in Vernon, BC. Mushrooms are fascinating on many levels. The […]

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