Saskatchewan Local Foods

From Bison to Chokecherries

The Canadian prairies may not be best known for their food, but, like everywhere, there are plenty of local specialties and fine ingredients to be found in Saskatchewan.

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    Saskatchewan Seasonal Produce

    Fresh Organic beetroot
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    It may be a largely agricultural province, but much of that land is farmed for grains, legumes, and oil seeds. Small farmers (and large farmers with an interest) are increasingly growing fruits and vegetables, too. Some to diversify their farms, others to break into the growing interest in and demand for locally grown produce. Know what to expect when with this guide to Saskatchewan seasonal fruits and vegetables. Then find out where to buy it at Saskatchewan Farmers Markets.

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    Plains Bison, B. bison, bull, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
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    Bison, a.k.a. buffalo, once roamed the wide open prairies of this province. And there are some people who are bringing them back, for both culinary and environmental reasons.

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    Saskatoon Berries

    Wild Saskatoons
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    Saskatoon berries look a lot like large blueberries, in both shape and in their purple-to-blue color. They ripen in mid- to late-summer in Saskatchewan and can be used in a wide variety of ways, including pies, jams, wines, and dried. the First Nation people of the prairies traditionally used these tart and flavorful berries as a way of preserving and adding flavor to dried meat.

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    Chokecherries. Photo © Molly Watson

    Chokecherries were traditionally harvested and dried by First Nation people. These nutritious berries, with protein-rich seeds were an important part of the traditional prairie diet. While rarely eaten dried today, some companies are starting to use them to make fruit leathers. European settlers turned chokecherries into jams, jellies, wines, and syrups. Like all wild berries, the flavor varies plant-to-plant. Chokecherries can be famously astringent, but they also can be sweet enough to eat...MORE right off the plant.

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    Wild Blueberries

    Blueberries. Photo © Molly Watson

    Like much of the Great White North, wild blueberries are a fabulous local treat in parts of Saskatchewan. Cultivated blueberries are grown in the province, too. Learn more ​about blueberries and get tasty ​​blueberry recipes here.