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With its large pink and green spiky exterior, dragon fruit is hard to miss in a store. Its distinctive colour and shape stands out among the perfectly round apples and oranges and makes you wonder just what it might taste like. The dragon fruit, or pitaya, is native to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast…

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What the food? This month’s What’s That Food is the appropriately-named star apple. A round fruit about the size of a large apple, when ripe it is usually purple-skinned with a faint green tinge on the outside. Cut it in half and a deep, rich purple-and-white coloured pulp with a radiating star pattern is visible—voila, there’s your name! There are…

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What’s that food? Look around the root vegetable section of your grocery store and you may come across this versatile vegetable. Jicama is also known as Mexican turnip, sweet turnip, Mexican potato, or Mexican yam bean and is, quite obviously from those names, native to Mexico. The ‘Pachyrhizus erosus’ is from the bean family and the vine grows best in…

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A SALTY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE


The first (and second and third…) snows have fallen, the holidays lights are lit, and it’s time for the second edition of our Christmas shopping guide. The Island has a wealth of artisans, farmers, and food producers who would love your support this holiday season. We’re highlighting a few to make it a little easier for your shopping, but do…

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What’s that Food? In December grocery store shelves are stocked with fresh citrus like mandarins and clementines and with plump pomegranates, but if you look closely, you will also find the persimmon. Typically this fruit is about the size of an apple and is orange in colour, but there are varieties that are brown, black, or red in colour when…

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SALTY’S ULTIMATE PICNIC BASKET


There’s a wide range of Gouda cheese to choose from at Glasgow Glen Farm. Traditional cumin, smoky flavours, herb and garlic, Bluda (gouda with a hint of blue cheese) or spicy heat are some of choices all wrapped up and ready to go. If you’d prefer a vegan option, then Fauxmage from Fresh Start Fauxmage is the choice for you.…

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What’s that food?   Molasses is a pantry item that most people are familiar with. Its uses are versatile, from baking cookies and cakes, to amping up sauces and marinades. Blackstrap molasses, made from sugar beets is most common in Atlantic Canadians’ kitchens and it’s often used to add a sharp-yet-sweet flavour to dishes. Carob molasses is different in that…

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(what’s that food?) Looking at a jackfruit you may wonder what exactly you can do with such a monster. Its greenish-yellow bumpy exterior hides a sweet inside with edible seeds and flesh that can be used in many ways. Commonly enjoyed in South and Southeast Asian cuisines, the jackfruit tree is widely cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world.…

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Banana Flower Banana flower is, as the name suggests, the blossom of a banana tree. If left on the tree, they would eventually develop into bananas. It is largely considered to be a vegetable in many parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. Bananas themselves are the 4th largest fruit crop worldwide. Found in many Asian food stores, the flower…

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THE POLITICS OF PRODUCE


Local-grown versus off-Island goods sparks debate in farmers’ markets Winter poses a variety of challenges for small-scale farmers who have booths at farmers’ markets. The most notable one is the ability to keep their booth filled with fresh, locally grown produce. Some farmers use greenhouses to grow produce throughout the winter months, however, quantities and variety generally become limited. There…

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