Yukon Gold Potato
Jan18

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 many years of research. A short time before his death Johnston observed that “potato hybridizers are a patient lot”   Yukon...

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Bitter Melon
Jan12

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, its medicinal uses include treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular health and as an anti-malarial medication.  Bitter Melons are just one of the...

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OAC Inferno
Jan10

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 days longer to mature than the check varieties for southern Ontario, it out yielded them by an impressive 17% ( 3216kg/ha vs 2730kg/ha)....

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Sea Buckthorn
Jan01

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 planted as hedgerows in Saskatchewan several decades ago to not only protect crops and prevent erosion but as a great place for birds to nest...

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Prairie Cherries
Nov21

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 range climates that this intensely flavorful fruit can now be grown. Thanks to a generous dose of Mongolian genetics, cultivars released...

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