As a Western Canadian, why is everyone seemingly so obsessive with Ontario peaches?
I just don't get it?
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Alberta and Saskatchewan are similar with corn. Taber corn is sold for $1/cob out of the back of trucks in parking lots all over both provinces.adamtheman wrote: ↑ There's a certain percentage of the population that spends an inordinate amount of time procuring certain types of foods (farmer's market, organic, non-GMO, etc). It isn't anything new. I grew up hearing the same thing in BC about "Chilliwack Corn". People would drive 2 hours round trip to buy corn in Chilliwack because, you know, grocery store corn was garbage (even though it likely came from Chilliwack?). And the ONLY way to eat corn was if you bought it from an old truck on the side of a dirt road off some farm in Chilliwack. That myth is still well and alive today. I think they now put little stickers on the corn in some grocery stores saying "This corn is from Chilliwack". But people still drive to Chilliwack. I would really love to see a double blind test done on some of these people.
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Having lived all over Canada … I agree with most of what you say …Dynatos wrote: ↑ I used to live in Calgary. Now I'm in Ottawa.
In my purely subjective opinion, BC peaches are equally as delicious as Ontario peaches. My toddler, who would eat peaches as his only food if we'd let him, would agree.
However, BC blueberries and cherries are far superior to east coast blueberries and cherries. Ontario corn can't quite compare to Taber corn, either; and I haven't found any carrots out here that even come close to the little spears of sugary gold from Beck Farms in Innisfail, AB, though the carrots grown by Roots and Shoots in Masham, QC come close.
Ontario strawberries kick the crap out of western Canadian strawberries, though.
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All the Saskatoon berries I have ever had were piddling little 5mm things full of seeds. That said, they were natural trees not bred for commercial cropping. I do not like the flavour as much as I do a blueberry.PointsHubby wrote: ↑ Having lived all over Canada … I agree with most of what you say …
Except for blueberries
And I think most folks in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces would agree with me
As they are THE WORLDS LARGEST PROVIDER OF WILD BLUEBERRIES
Heck the Blueberry is even officially registered as a Provincial Symbol in Nova Scotia !
Now … you want to talk Saskatoon Berries / Serviceberries …
A close relative to the blueberry
And often confused with the blueberry by non locals
But BIGGER than a blueberry
Then I agree …
Saskatoon Berries from Western Canada
Can run circles around those grown in the Western USA
Probably cuz of our cooler climate
And many blueberry lovers cannot get enough Saskatoon Berries
Cuz it’s like blueberries on steroids
With their bigger size
More sweet goodness in every bowl
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Neither do I. I bought some recently & they looked excellent with a bright red blush but they were not very sweet (or sour), sort of tasteless. The ones I got from the US earlier in the season were far better, sweeter and more flavourful with a bit of tang. I cooked some of the Ontario peaches with sugar to fix them & gave the rest away, they were that uninspiring.chemicalxv wrote: ↑ Where I work it is literally impossible for us to get them (no distribution chain from Eastern Canada at all), but some people seemingly get downright ornery when I try and explain it to them, and "Oh but we do have BC peaches right now!" does nothing to assuage them.
I just don't get it?
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Both Canadian and US peaches are picked hard for shipping, and all you need to do to have a ripe & juicy peach is to wait & let it sit a couple days. Picking hard has no bearing on how sweet the peach ends up being. It either is or it is not.IceBlueShoes wrote: ↑ As someone that's been in BC a fair bit (but live in TO), I've also never heard this.
Peaches from BC and ON are both good, but I do prefer wild BC blueberries.Then again I love blueberries in general.
Honestly, I can't tell the difference, but prefer local (regardless) compared to the US/Mexican types that are picked earlier this nowhere near as ripe or juicy.
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I disagree. Peaches ripened on the tree are superior. I've had countless peaches from the supermarket purchased hard, that still tasted flat (and sometimes bitter) after being left out a week. This is why I personally prefer visiting farms.