Blog July 28, 2014 by St Giles

Which fruits grow in Canada?

You may not believe this but we grow tons of fruit and berries in British Columbia, the most Western province in Canada.

The Okanagan area is famous for apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, plums and apricots. Orchards are everywhere and most people who have a house in the Okanagan area have a few fruit trees growing in their yard. There’s nothing like biting into a big juicy peach right off your own tree. So many products are made from apples: apple sauce, apple juice, apple pies, fruit leather. The most famous brand for apple products in BC is Sun Rype.
The Lower Mainland, around Vancouver, produces wonderful strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Some of the local blueberry and strawberry farms use only the U-PICK method of harvesting where people come in and pick their own fruit. The farmer weighs the fruit to determine what the price of the fruit is. They don’t charge you for what you eat while you are picking.

Blackberries grow wild everywhere in this region, producing free fruit for anyone who wants to stop and pick them. It’s common for families to do a berry picking day and fill their home freezer with fresh berries to eat all year round – It doesn’t take long to fill a big bucket! Blackberry pies and jams are delicious. Other wild berries are abundant as well – huckleberries, salmonberries, gooseberries, all of which the black bears love to eat.

Can you identify which fruit you see?

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What about berries?

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