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...

Roseland Barley

(Hordeum vulgare) When we think of barley, it usually is for good Canadian beer. And while it is still predominantly used for malting and as livestock feed, barley is finding it onto more and more tables as a substitute for rice (we don’t grow it) and also because it’s just so good for...

Strongfield Durum Wheat

(Triticum durum) Lots of dark clouds have silver linings. When a stem rust epidemic damaged much of Western Canada’s in the 1960s wheat crops, farmers did what they usually do…they innovated. Today, if there is one grain crop that Canada’s farmers are recognized for globally,...

Gehl Hull-less Oat

(Avena nuda) With twice the protein, ten times the fibre and five times the iron of white rice, Gehl oats are a brilliantly nutritious alternative to rice.  Businesses across Canada took notice. In 2009, Wedge Farms Ltd. began marketing these naked oats as  the “Rice of the Prairies.”  Because the...

AC Metcalfe Malting Barley

(Hordeum vulgare) If you’re a Canadian beer drinker, you’ve probably tasted AC Metcalfe Barley.  Bred by Dr. Bill Legge, at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Brandon, Manitoba, AC Metcalfe was named Seed of the Year – West for 2010, which recognizes publicly developed Canadian...

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