Canadian cuisine is rich and varied and it includes unique dishes that you won’t find in any other country in the world. You surely have heard of famous products in Canada such as maple syrup, but there is still a long list of delicious dishes that will blow your mind.
The beautiful thing about Canadian cuisine is that it is true to its origins while being innovative, combining the basics of aboriginal food with traditional food from its English and French heritage, which have influenced different communities in a number of ways.
These tweaks give Canadian gastronomy a distinguished character, impossible to find outside its frontiers. Aboriginal Canadian cuisine is based on certain meats, which we will specify later, fish and vegetables, and it is a recommended diet on the account of the healthy elements it combines, chief among them being vegetables, obviously, as well as its low content in saturated fats. Besides, Canadian food is highly recommended for reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart diseases, not to mention the fact that it is delicious!
What are the highlights of Canadian cuisine?
As we already know, the Canadian cookbook comprises a wide range of recipes. Depending on the region you are visiting, you’ll realise that Canadians take pride in a specific product or dish. For example, Quebec is known for the production of a wide variety of cheeses, as well as ciders, wines and beers, while in Alberta, on the other side of Canada, you’ll find the best vegetables and fruits in the country. Now, it is time to go over the most renowned products and dishes of Canadian cuisine.
It had to be at the top of the list, not only because it is sweet and delicious when poured over pancakes and waffles, but for its worldwide fame. Its name is due to the fact that the syrup itself comes from the maple tree, and it is the maple leaf what is most iconic about the Canadian flag. Almost 80% of maple syrup is produced in Quebec.
It’s not only weird because of the name but for its content. It basically contains French fries covered in cheese and gravy. This dish is believed to have appeared in Quebec around the 50s. There are also variations of it, some of which even include lobster or doughnuts. There is only one way to find out whether they are any good or not, so…
Being surrounded by the sea on both sides, it is no surprise that fish, a huge part of the Canadian diet, is simply spectacular. And among all the different species, salmon steals the thunder. The best salmon comes from the Pacific, in British Columbia. It doesn’t taste quite the same as the Atlantic salmon and you can find it at fishmongers’ across the country.
Yes, you read right. Canadians are crazy about pizza and sushi, so why not combine them both? Or at least that’s what someone thought of in Toronto, where there is a great number of restaurants offering it.
We are bringing you this option so that you also have a classic Canadian dessert to add to your menu. These delicious bars first appeared in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and the recipe counts with nuts, vanilla, coconut and chocolate among its ingredients. Some might even include peanut butter, another popular product in Canadian cuisine, although they cannot actually brag about being the ones who came up with it.
You’ve probably not even consider including this fruit in the list, but, the truth is that Canada is the country that produces and exports more blueberries in the world, mainly in Quebec and the provinces in the Atlantic coast.
To complete your list with the most traditional dishes in Canada, we wanted to include one of the most popular desserts in households across the country. It is made out eggs, butter, sugar and, of course, maple syrup. Sometimes nuts and raisings might be added to the mix. If you try it, you’ll see why it should make it to the list.
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