Whether for its breathtaking scenery, its many outdoor activities or its warm welcome, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region continues to stand out as a must-see destination for travelers. But did you know that the region is also distinguished by its succulent foods and regional products? The wealth of our territory in the boreal zone allows the harvest of tasty products whose benefits are no longer to prove. Let's take a look at what makes Boreal products famous and some ways to add them to your gourmet journey.
Blueberry: yes, but not only!
Ask any Quebecker what comes to mind when they think of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, and bet that immediately, the blueberry will come out winner! If the small blue fruit has powerful anti-aging properties, the region also produces a multitude of very interesting Nordic berries to integrate into various food products.
Since the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region lives in a northern environment, the conditions are ideal for the production of berries. Despite their numbers, it's amazing that most people, whether they live in the area or not, do not know them.
Of those small fruits that grow in the boreal zone, camerise is certainly the one that is most popular at this time. The camerise is a small fruit of oval and asymmetrical shape that grows in the region since 2007. If its color is very similar to blueberry, the comparison stops here! The camerise is one of the richest antioxidant berries, in addition to containing vitamins A and C as well as fiber. Its very pronounced taste is similar to that of blackberry and even rhubarb. It's great to add to your smoothies or add to your muffins! You lack inspiration? The book Saveurs Boréales, the northern cuisine of Quebec, offers a ton of recipes developed by chefs from the region. You have no more excuses!
Note that the vast majority of camerise producers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean offer the possibility of picking these berries themselves during the summer: visit Camerisequebec.com to find a site near you.
The Saskatoon tea is also worthy of note thanks to its antioxidant power. The Saskatoon berry has a unique scent and a flavor reminiscent of blueberry. Its antioxidant power is also comparable to the latter. The serviceberry is rich in iron and copper and the natives used it for stomach and liver ailments. Recent studies demonstrate antiviral properties at the intestinal level.
Let's not forget the sea buckthorn berry which counts among the most nutritious fruits of the vegetable kingdom. Its many virtues are amazing all over the world, making it a very interesting food to add to any recipe or sauce. Other small fruits such as dwarf cherry and chicoutai (or plate berry) are also increasingly used in the development of value-added products.
Visit the Creneau d'Excellence site at AgroBoréal to learn more about the benefits of northern berries. In addition, you will discover many useful contacts for you to get on your next visit to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Fruits and vegetables far from boring
Buying regional products has a significant health benefit: by sourcing food from here, you know they have not been processed and are fresh. Buying locally is also about encouraging people from home who are involved in promoting regional culture. The offer of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is full of variety: cereals, morels, beers (microbreweries are not lacking!) And cheeses are only a part of it. Are you planning a road trip in the region this summer? Here are our favorite addresses:
La Tablée is a family business working in the field of artisanal food. Butcher's shop, delicatessen, pastry, cheese, dairy bar and local products will make your mouth water!
Schedule: all year
Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, 1716 Highway 169
418 349-2999 | latableedulac.com
- Ferme Michel Rivard et fille
The place allows u-pick wild blueberries and potatoes. It is possible to buy many local products and foods. For the most epicureans, know that they even have blueberry poutine!
Schedule: June to September
Saint-Ambroise, 315, 9th rank
418 672-4578 | fermerivard.com
And you, what regional product do you most want?
Visit the Zone Boréale website to find out about all the local businesses and producers as well as our Official Tourist Guide 2018-2019 to plan your gourmet itinerary during the summer season.