Whenever I travel I try to bring home local food products that I’ve sampled and liked (usually loved). A few, I haven’t actually sampled, but they look interesting and someone else had raved about how good they were. Some will be given away to family and friends, and some will be devoured before ever leaving my kitchen. One of my favorite places for procuring tasty morsels is in my own home province of Nova Scotia. I brought back a particularly good “haul” this past summer, and I want to share my savory goodies with you in this post. With the exception of the cheese, everything was under $10.00 Canadian.
WARNING…I take no responsibility for the hunger pangs this post might give you dear reader.
Here’s a selection of what I purchased and brought back to Korea. Notice…maple syrup, blueberry syrup, apple butter, maple balsamic dressing, lavender pepper, ”ketchup”, and cheese. All of this deliciousness is produced right in Nova Scotia! The only thing that stopped me from purchasing more was the airlines weight restrictions!
The Lavender Pepper is produced by Sledding Hill Growers, in Bear River, Nova Scotia, often called the Switzerland of Nova Scotia. I purchased this from Maples , a quaint little shop on the Halifax water front at Bishop’s Landing The owner, Arline Vincent, highly recommended this gourmet delight be sprinkled on fresh Atlantic salmon.
Another fab find at Maples was this Balsamic Maple Dressing; out of this world delicious. I have been using it on salads, and baked potatoes. How good is it? Well, I want to lick the plate after I finish my baked potatoes. Produced and bottled in Nova Scotia by Juliette and John , I am so hoping that they will ship to Korea when I run out of this deliciousness! I love the bottle, and it is even corked. I wouldn’t think twice about giving this as a gift! Getting a good photo of this was a bit of a challenge. Do check out the website for some great photos of all the gourmet dressings they have on offer.
My final purchase from Maples (and believe me, I could have purchased one of EVERYTHING!) was this Fire Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup. Made with roasted peppers, it’s sweet, and tangy, with a bit of fire. Recommended to accompany anything barbecued, and it is fantastically good! This was the only item I purchased that is not produced in Nova Scotia, but it is made in Canada.
The Cheese…living in a cheese deprived nation, makes me run to the deli section of any Nova Scotia grocery store. Pete’s Frootique has one of the best cheese displays in the city. Technically, I don’t think I am “allowed” to bring diary products into Korea, but when it comes to cheese I live dangerously. Space was very limited this time around, so that meant I had to be a little bit frugal with the cheese purchases……..SOB! I finally decided on one that I had bought on my trip home in 2011, and could still taste it’s bitey deliciousness in my head 2 years later!
Let me introduce you to DRAGON’S BREATH BLUE…”a surfaced ripened soft cheese” Little brother to the Great Stilton, Gorgonzola, and Roquefort.Just slice off the top and dig in.” Produced in Upper Economy, Nova Scotia at That Dutchman’s Farm, learn all about this amazing little cheese, with a quick click.
PS…I try to eat this cheese with a nice French baguette, but honestly, it is just so GOOD that it usually finds my mouth before the bread !
We all know that Canada has a lot of maple trees, eh? Of course that means maple syrup. Nova Scotia produces its share of this syrupy goodness. Packaged in bottles of all shapes and sizes, its easy to find one or two that will fit in your bulging suitcase.
Maple syrup is available in all the souvenir shops, but I highly recommend that you go to the local grocery store to purchase. You can easily find it at either Sobeys or Atlantic Superstore. There are two reasons: first, it is much cheaper, and secondly, you will have more sizes to choose from. The big bottle in this photo was on sale at 40% off, and well under ten bucks!
I use maple syrup as a substitute for regular sugar. Try it on french toast, or add it to a homemade salad dressing…YUM.
Nova Scotia is also well known for its blueberries. We even have a town “Oxford”, which markets itself as the “Blueberry Capital of the World”. When I was a kid I would go picking with my Dad along the highway not far from where we lived. These days, it’s harder to find wild berries, but they do exist. Blueberry syrup now stands proudly with the maple syrup. Again, but it in the grocery store; cheaper and more sizes available. You can even purchase cute little bottles with the tops wrapped in Nova Scotia tartan! Acadian Maple Products (and blueberry too!)
Like the maple syrup, this is delish on french toast, and of course pancakes, and when you’re making your own out of this world salad dressing!!
I hope I have made you hungry to not only eat and enjoy local Nova Scotia products, but to increase your “hunger” to come visit Nova Scotia, a little piece of paradise.
Which product most intrigues you to try? Do you buy local food to take back home?
Other Nova Scotia posts that I have published recently…
This is my contribution to #FoodieTuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys.