A world leader
Canada is among the world leaders in cranberry and blueberry production. Cranberries are native to Canada's Atlantic provinces, where they grow wild and are sometimes known as "marsh apples." They have become big business in several Canadian provinces—Canada is the world's second-largest producer of this tart red fruit.
For centuries, blueberries were a favourite among Canada’s First Nations peoples. Today people from around the world enjoy our blueberries as Canada is the world's second-largest producer and exporter of blueberries!
What Canadians eat is constantly changing as a result of shift in demographics and food trends. Farmers must meet adapt and grow crops that meet changing demand. Through plant breeding, scientists have developed varieties of warm climate crops such as eggplant, okra and sweet potatoes that thrive in the Canadian climate.