Hi! I’m back!! I had the most amazing time in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan learning all about lentils. I decided to break up my trip in a few posts so I can share everything with you guys! #lovelentils
Saskatoon seems like a down to earth, quaint ci
With temps in the 80’s, I lucked out with beautiful weather (especially since Vegas was in the high 100s). That castle-like hotel on the left, the Delta Bessborough, is where I got to stay.
The hotel is actually a historical landmark in Saskatoon.
The inside was as strikingly beautiful.
Since I didn’t get in until after 10 pm, I was ready to face plant into this cozy bed.
You can see that I made myself right at home.
And, of course, I had to show you the bathroom. Nice and roomy. It was perfect for getting myself lentil ready.
I was greeted in the room with a binder that detailed all about our 2 days in Canada. It included bios, itinerary, lentil facts, etc. I think you may be able to call me a lentil connoisseur from here on out.
After a great night of sleeping, I got ready to go to meet other dietitians for breakfast at Calories.
The Vegas girl in me loved the look of this city! Adorable!! It reminded me a little of Seattle.
The restaurant is equally as adorable and very fitting as the darling city in which it’s located.
Us dietitians love our coffee! Most of us enjoyed a hot mug. Mine with a bit of cream and cube of sugar.
Along with our coffee, we were also served a freshly squeezed juice.
I have to say that when you are with dietitians, you know you are going to eat well. And we sure did!!
They started us off with fixings to make our own parfaits. Fresh fruits with herbs…
alongside a delicious granola with bits of almonds and raisins.
The fruit and granola was all served over creamy yogurt. This was delicious and very filling!
We all laughed when they brought out an entrée. There is more??
Next was a frittata mixed with asparagus and you guessed it…lentils!! Loved the idea of incorporating lentils in breakfast.
Seeing this picture makes me miss everyone! Such an amazing group of men and women.
After breakfast, we hopped on our bus and headed to Rosetown to take a tour of the lentil farm with Dwayne Moore, a local lentil grower.
On the ride, Rachel, who is the market promoter for the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, went over some information about Canadian lentils.
Did you know…
- Lentils are a member of the pulse crop family, which are the edible seeds of a legume.
- Lentils come in a variety of sizes ranging from extra small to large.
- The 4 main types of lentils grown in Canada are green red, black Beluga, and French green or Du Puy.
About an hour later, we arrived at some of the areas where lentils are grown.
Dwayne farms with his wife and brother in the Rosetown area growing lentils, peas and durum. He spent some time schooling us on lentil growing. This past year, Rosetown had more rain than usual which actually hurt some of the lentil crops. Lentils actually grow better in drier weather.
The teeny little lentil plant.
Some other fun facts about lentils…
- Saskatchewan produces 97% of Canada’s lentils supply.
- Canada now exports 67% of the world’s lentils, making them the world’s largest lentil exporter.
After a quick tour, we enjoyed a delicious lunch chock-full of lentils.
I can’t wait to try and recreate some of the delicious lentil salad dishes!
With our bellies full, we made one more stop to check out the amazing equipment that is used for planting the lentil seeds.
Holy moly was my first thought!! Next was, can I drive???
I can’t even describe how neat this experience was! It made me realize how much really goes into the process of lentil making and how much we take for granted.
I will have a couple more posts coming out to you! Get ready for more lentil foods, cooking challenges, and lentil processing!
What type of lentils have you tried or would like to try?
disclaimer: I was invited on the lentil tour and my opinions are honest and my own.