CDC Blaze Lentil

(Lens culinaris) During his time at the Crop Development Centre (CDC) in the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Al Slinkard, the father of Canada’s pulse industry,  advised and coached a number of graduate students. One of them, the man who eventually took on Dr. Slinkard’s position,...

Shepody Potato

(Solanum tuberosum) Released in 1980, Shepody potatoes continue to be one of the most popular potatoes in all of North America for French fries. Bred by Dr. Don Young, Dr. Richard Tarn and Mr. Eric Davies at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, Shepody potatoes were developed to meet the...

Canola

(Brassica rapa, Brassica napus or Brassica juncea) Long before writer Michael Pollan’s dictum, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  was publishing in the New York Time Magazine in 2007, Canadian researchers and growers had been setting the stage for the shift he encourages and creating an...

Laird and Eston Lentils

(Lens culinaris) Dr. Al Slinkard of the University of Saskatchewan is an agricultural researcher specializing in turning dreams into reality.   Because of him, Canada is now the world’s leading exporter of lentils andpeas and one of the top producers of chickpeas. His Laird lentil is to the...

OAC Garroy Peanuts

(Arachis hypogaea) When tobacco fell out of favour in the 1990s, new crops were researched to be grown in the well-drained, rich and sandy soils of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties in Ontario.  The climate turned out to be ideal for peanuts (among other field crops like garlic, melons,ginseng &...

Amaranth

(Amaranthus) Amaranth, in all its incarnations, should be a total culinary star but it is just now being understood here in Canada! It can be a delicious salad green or simply pigweed to be ripped from your  garden.  It can also be a fantastically nutritious grain or an ornamental that will grace...

Edamame

(Glycine max) Also known as “edible soybeans” or “vegetable soybeans,” edamame are commonly consumed as part of Japanese cuisine, served either as beans or in steamed salted pods,  a fabulous Asian version of bar food.  Due to its high protein content and increasing...

Tarnick Potato

(Solanum tuberosum) Dr. Richard Tarn worked at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick for 40 years and is largely responsibile  or the diversity within Canada’s potatoes that make them world class.  Potatoes originated in the Andes Mountains of South Africa some 8000 years...

OAC Lightning

(Phaseolus vulgaris L) Like OAC Thunder, this white / navy bean (CFIA registration no. 6438) was developed by a University of Guelph team, Tom Smith, Tom Michaels and Peter Pauls who is the current Chair of Plant Agriculture.  Released in 2009 OAC Lightning is intended for use in areas with...

Globe Artichoke

(Cynara scolymus) Part of the “thistle” plant family, artichokes are believed to have originated in North Africa and Sicily where they still grow in the wild.  The most commonly recognized green variety was, until recently, imported into Canada from California.  Research at the...

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