Amaranth
Jan22

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 planters and front beds with drooping brilliance. Amaranth dates backs 8000 years at least when it was domesticated from the wild plants on...

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Roseland Barley
Nov05

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 us.  Try it in risottos or this great dish, Barley with Caramelized Vegetables.  It’s a serious “nutritional powerhouse,”...

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Strongfield Durum Wheat
Nov05

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, it’s durum wheat.  Because of its high gluten content, durum is the basis for the finest pastas on earth, including the brands we import...

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