Five Prairie Based Foods To Be Proud Of

We’re putting the spotlight on our favourite Canadian prairie producers and why they continue to make us proud.

       
 
No question about it; Canadians love food. On August 2, 2014, we will join Canadians across the nation to celebrate Food Day Canada, an initiative conceived of by culinary activist and food laureate Anita Stewart to highlight Canada’s incredible culinary community. 
 
"Canada IS food and the world is richer for it" Anita Stewart
 
1. Canada - The Breadbasket of the World 
  • Red Fife Wheat made Canada famous in the 1800’s, spreading like wildfire across the country. It is now considered near-extinct because it was replaced by “new and improved” varieties.
  • The Loiselle Organic Family Farm supplies our bakery with this rare type of wheat, which is used daily in River Café’s homemade breads and crackers.
  • Red Fife is a rare heritage breed (not a modern wheat like most) and doesn’t contribute to modern day health problems like wheat belly, heart disease and headaches.
 
FACT: Prince Charles was so taken with Red Fife wheat that he took some bags home after being introduced to it in 2011. Since then when members of his family such as the Queen and William and Kate have visited Canada they have requested Red Fife flour to be delivered to Rideau Hall.
 
2. Golden Oil – Camelina Oil is 100% natural and the only product of its kind in the Canadian market
  • Since it is cold pressed, this oil still contains all of its original nutrients, making it a healthy alternative to olive oil.
  • Burn baby burn! This oil has the highest smoke point at 475 degrees Fahrenheit, beating out all of its competition.
  • No refrigerator required, this oil has a shelf life of 12 months due to all of the original vitamins and omegas kept inside.
 
FACT: The Three Farmers like to keep it local: each bottle of Camelina Oil has a code that allows customers to trace the oil to the exact field and farmer the seed came from in Southern Saskatchewan.
 
3. We Cut the Mustard – Canada exports more mustard seed than any other country in the world (75% - 80% of all mustard exports worldwide, with the majority from Alberta and Saskatchewan).
  • We’ve got supreme conditions – varieties include brown mustard, yellow mustard (also known as white mustard), and oriental mustard.
  • Our choice is prairie grown Brassica Mustard – known for its seeds packing a lively little pop.
  • The value is going up! In the past five years mustard seed exports averaged $70 million dollars.
 
4. Saskatoon’s Super Fruit – Found in our own backyard (literally!)
  • At River Café we grow Saskatoon berries right outside our door in our very own edible garden. Other juicy fruits we grow include gooseberries, buffalo berries, and honeyberries!
  • Saskatoon berries were so valuable to First Nations Peoples in historic times that they were used as a trade item.
  • Blueberries can’t compare: Saskatoon Berries have twice the fibre and calcium compared to a blueberry including three times the protein, potassium and iron.
 
5. The True Canadian Bovine – Great Plains Bison
  • Bison that roamed North America in 1800s: 70 million, Bison in North America today: 500,000.
  • A great alternative to beef: one Canadian Food Guide serving (75g) of roasted bison provides 107 calories, 21 grams of protein and 1.8 grams of total fat
 
FACT: Food Day Canada inspires chefs and restaurants to launch special menus, recipes, and events. There are over 40 restaurants in the prairies alone that will participate this year, including River Café and Boxwood
 
For more information on Canada Food Day, and how you can celebrate Canadian food, visit their website: FoodDayCanada.ca.
 
 
VIDEO – Anita Stewart at River Café

 

Banner Photo Credits: Saskatoon Berries - River Café; Bison - Olsons High Country Bison; Red Fife Wheat - Loiselle Organic Family Farm

 

       

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