It’s fairly easy to know what’s grown around us when we visit local farmers’ markets—we get an immediate sense of the fruit and veggies being harvested, and we can choose the season’s gems—but it can be much more challenging to grasp the entirety of foods that are made, grown or raised on Canadian soil.
To make the selection a little easier, culinary activist Anita Stewart, president of Food Day Canada, put together a list of 149 ingredients and products from Canada, in celebration of our country’s recent 149th birthday. In order to be chosen for the list, the items had to be entirely (or almost entirely) made using Canadian products. How do you know they’re Canuck when you’re shopping? The key is to look for the Product of Canada label on packaged goods. This guarantees that the products are grown and raised by Canadian farmers or prepared and packaged by Canadian food companies.
Besides the usual suspects—think canola oil, Atlantic lobster and maple syrup—a few items on the list particularly piqued our interest:
• Birch tree syrup: You know maple syrup, of course, but have you had syrup made from birch sap?
• Hazelnuts, quinoa and red kidney beans: Keep an eye out for Canadian-produced versions by checking for the Product of Canada seal.
What other items made the cut? See the complete list here.