Yukon Gold Potato

(Solanum tuberosum) Yukon Gold is arguably one of the most successful potatoes in the world.  It is a true culinary star. Hybridizers Garnet “Gary” Johnston and Jeff Rowberry dug the first hill of legendary spuds at Agriculture Canada’s Cambridge Research Station in 1980. It took...

Bitter Melon

(Momordica charantia) Popular in China, India and South Asia, the Bitter Melon, a member of the curcurbit family, is used for its leaves as well as fruits for medicinal and culinary purposes. Also known as bitter gourd, foo gwa, balsam pear, cundeamor, fwa-kwa, leprosy pear, or bitter cucumber,...

OAC Inferno

(Phaseolus vulgaris ) OAC Inferno is a light red kidney bean developed by the joint dry bean breeding program between the University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. It has tremendous potential!  In the 2007-2009 Ontario Coloured Bean Performance Registration Trials, taking only 2...

Sea Buckthorn

(Hippophae rhamnoides) Also known as Siberian pineapple, sea berry, sandthorn or swallow thorn, sea buckthorn has been traditionally grown in Europe and Asia. This multi-purpose bush is planted widely in gullies and slopes for soil conservation, livestock feeding and income generation. It was...

Prairie Cherries

(Prunus cerasus)   Prairie cherries are one of my favourite new crops.  Developed by Dr. Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the may revolutionize fruit growing in Canada’s western provinces. Sour cherries are not a new crop for North Americans.  What is new is the...

Millennium Asparagus

The new millennium has arrived for asparagus when University of Guelph Plant Agriculture Professor Dave Wolyn created a new variety of asparagus called the Guelph Millennium. It’s an all-male hybrid — male asparagus typically yields up to 25 per cent more than female plants — that out-yields the...

OAC Thunder

(Phaseolus vulgaris) With a name like OAC Thunder, it’s clear that bean breeders have a sense of humour. Commonly known as “white beans,” Navy beans are available in grocery stores in packages of dry beans or in cans with a tomato sauce.  They are a wonderfully inexpensive source of vegetable...

Alta Blush Potato

(Solanum tuberosum)  ‘Alta Blush’ was discovered as a chance seedling in Wetaskiwin, Alberta in 1992. The exact parentage is unknown but it was developed by private potato breeder John Safroniuk of Wetaskiwin Alberta.  It has a smooth, thin skin, shallow eyes and tastes...

Asian Eggplant

(Solanum melongena) Asian Eggplant, as the name implies, is traditionally grown in South and East Asia, and exists in a wide variety of shapes and colours under names like Purple, White Princess, Oval Green, and Pingteng Long.  Today’s seed catalogues are full of such awesome ingredients,...

Kohlrabi

(Brassica oleracea) This relative of cabbage, caulflower and broccoli has only recently started to be consumed regularly in North America. It is one of my very favourite summer vegetables.  Its taste is similar to that of broccoli or a mild cabbage and I love it in coleslaw or julienned on veggie...

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