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