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Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts  When people who are trying to “eat local” or use various versions of regional diets ask “What to do about nuts?”, the most popular recommendation was hazelnuts up to a few years ago. Commercial Production  Hazelnuts have been farmed in various parts of BC since at least the 1930s[i]. Commercial cultivation in the Pacific […]

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Salal Jelly

Salal Jelly How to make salal jelly continues a BCFHN blog from May of 2018 on the topic of salal, https://www.bcfoodhistory.ca/salal/.  I was inspired by a patch of salal under a stand of cedar trees close to where I live on Vancouver Island and intended to follow up with a post on salal jelly when […]

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Pine Mushrooms

Pine Mushrooms Pine mushrooms provide a source of income in various parts of British Columbia from August to November. This summer, you may come across signs on the highway throughout BC offering to buy mushrooms. The arrow points to a mushroom depot where buyers pay cash to wild mushroom foragers and commercial harvesters for BC […]

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Savory Rhubarb

Savory Rhubarb Cakes, crisps, crumbles, muffins, pies – tart and sour stalks of rhubarb have long provided a tangy, citrus-like food addition to plain, bare-bones diets. Rhubarb is the “pie plant” and as stated in previous blogs, the availability of sugar in the late 1700s increased its popularity. But, rhubarb goes further than pie. Savory […]

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Misunderstood Rhubarb

Misunderstood Rhubarb.  A vegetable treated like a fruit. Understated.  What do you know about it? Try this quick quiz (T/F). Bright red stalks and green/red stalks are equally ripe. Its leaves are poisonous and its stalks are not. It requires a few weeks of cool temperatures (under 5 C or 40 F) and moderate summers […]

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Cariboo Potatoes

Cariboo Potatoes     The Cariboo Potato is not a BC Heritage potato but it’s applicable to BC Food History for its name and its history of being grown in seed potato programs in BC.     The ’50s were a time of rapid plant development by both the Federal Department of Agriculture and plant […]

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Haida Potatoes

Haida Potatoes After several years of living in a condo, my husband and I moved to a house with a yard on Vancouver Island.  I was delighted to think about having a garden again.  As we dug around the yard we realized that the soil was very poor and would need some work to get […]

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Pemmican

Pemmican Empire A recent article about Chef Shane Chartrand poses the question “How can one claim to be Canadian and never tasted pemmican?”[i] .  Pemmican is included in Feast: Recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip (Anderson & VanVeller, 2017). The television show and blog “Wild Kitchen” gives recipes and instructions for what has […]

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Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine?

Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine? Almost all small Canadian towns have a Chinese restaurant.  “Chop Suey Nation” published in 2019 and written by Ann Hui, mentions chop suey and ginger beef, two popular menu items in Chinese Canadian restaurants from Victoria, BC to Fogo Island, Newfoundland. These constructed dishes have more to […]

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