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Celebrate Heritage Day with Local Veggies

Heritage Day is here! Whether you’re using the long weekend to go hiking, camping, planning a canoe trip, having an outdoor barbeque, or just relaxing at home, you’ll want to have nourishing vegetables and fruits with you. Celebrate Heritage Day in style with some of these in-season local veggies.

Carrots are rich in vitamins, potassium, and fibre, and can be seamlessly incorporated into any salads or vegetable dishes by lightly steaming them. Make sure to trim the greens so the moisture goes into the sweet orange roots.

Ever wondered why Popeye always attributed his super strength to spinach? Spinach is one of the world’s superfoods, containing large amounts of iron, Vitamin A, folate, magnesium, and potassium. They are delicious either cooked or served fresh in a salad.

Bell peppers, whether green, yellow, orange, or red, are versatile culinary superstars that can be enjoyed raw or cooked! They are at their best during the summer, and with three times more Vitamin C than an orange, don’t miss out on these on Heritage Day! They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A and are high in antioxidant content.

Have you ever tried to eliminate tomatoes from your diet? It’s nearly impossible! Whether in soups, salads, pastas, or sauces, tomatoes have seemingly endless culinary usages. They also have an excellent amount of Vitamin C and E, folate, potassium, and beta carotene. Cooking tomatoes enhances the lycopene and beta-carotene content.

If there is one thing that SPUD loves the most, it’s spuds! Did you know that Canadians eat more potatoes than any other vegetables? Mashed, baked, fried, or sautéed, potatoes are multi-talented despite their ordinary looks. Potatoes are full of fibre, potassium, iron, Vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, and folate.

Daniel Huang

Daniel is a Digital Marketing and Content Strategist at SPUD. He graduated from UBC with a degree in English and International Relations with a focus on environmental topics. A wordsmith by day and a bookman by night, he's a self-proclaimed gastronomic snob, a buck-a-shuck addict, a sub-par skier, and a devoted kingsguard of the oxford comma. He also frequents the dog park with a schnauzer named Duke. | Instagram: @dannnyellow

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