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Niche Crops: Tastes of the world, grown in Ontario!

Newcomers to Canada have contributed greatly to the injection of cultural cuisine now inspiring the daily Canadian diet. Thus, increasing the demand for fresh, affordable vegetables that typically make up parts of their traditional dishes.

This means that new opportunities are sprouting up for Ontario farmers to expand their offerings. Here are just a few of the ethnocultural foods being produced right here at home. Some of them are adapting easily and well to the Ontario climate, others require much more time and attention to produce, but our innovative farmers are coming up with new and creative ways to help these crops thrive.

  • Okra
  • Chinese Long Eggplant
  • Indian Round Eggplant
  • Tomatillos
  • Daikon Radish
  • Bok Choy
  • Nappa Cabbage
  • Enoki Mushrooms

Have you added any of these to your veggie rotation? Give them a try! Any of these ‘world crops’ will add a delightfully new dimension to many of your favourite dishes. Look for the ‘Ontario’ label next time you buy, or ask your grocer to source for you.



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