For many Canadians, California cuisine is characterized by a fusion of flavours featuring the rich variety of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the state. In fact, California is the largest agricultural state in the USA, producing 55 principle exports, primarily fruits, vegetables, wine and nuts.
Did you know Canada takes in about 25 per cent of the state’s agricultural exports? This helps fill the void when locally grown fruits and vegetables are not available.
“Canada has a very dynamic local-grown program that they should be proud of,” commented Maile Shanahan Geis, executive director, Buy California Marketing Agreement. “However in the wintertime, when you don’t have easy access to fresh produce, we would like to play the role of partner in providing those products for a healthy eating experience.”
Some produce grown in California simply does not thrive in Canada’s cooler climate, including kiwifruit, olives and avocados. Other fruits and vegetables get a head start in the state’s southern growing regions, and can be made available in Canada weeks before locally grown crops. Canadians can enjoy fresh asparagus in February and figs in June, as well as grapes and tree fruits throughout the spring months thanks to California’s extended growing season.
This fall, Canadians can visit www.californiagrown.org/canada to download a new cookbook featuring recipes that highlight fresh, in-season California-grown fruits and vegetables.