Thursday, November 23, 2006

Beans, beans are good for the heart

Not many people would serve wieners and beans at a gala dinner, but it’s a 68-year-old tradition at the annual Bean Feed of the College of Agriculture in Saskatoon. There were many other yummy things on the menu: roast beef, lentil and chickpea salad, roasted potatoes and huckleberry ice cream – all of it grown or raised in Saskatchewan.

I was lucky to sit at a table with Linda Matthews, one of the researchers developing the huckleberry for our climate. A huckleberry is sort of like an elongated grape which grows on a short bush. She says they’re going to become a popular orchard fruit because they grow well and taste great. And they’re popular in Japan!

After dinner, Gerald Henriksen gave me a real treat. Gerald’s title is Product Development Specialist, which means he runs the test kitchens at the College of Agriculture. He has produced an amazing chocolate filled with Saskatchewan sour cherries and ... a secret ingredient you will never guess... Chickpeas! The chocolates will be introduced to the public in 2007 as the U of S celebrates its 100th birthday.

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