Slow Food in Canada: lobster and caviar

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Salmon with asparagus

Slow food in Canada: the neighbor gets crab, lobster, caviar and salmon

A Slow Food menu in New Brunswick reads like a Who's Who of the tastiest seafood delicacies the Atlantic coast in Canada has to offer: crab, lobster, caviar and salmon - fresh or smoked - are on the table. But that also includes such exotic side dishes as ferns. Yes, you have read correctly. In New Brunswick and northeastern New England, one eats ferns - more specifically, the Fiddlehead ferns, which are harvested each spring in the wetlands of New Brunswick and Maine.

The products often come directly from the neighbors, from their own garden as in the Rossmount Inn with chef Chris Aerni or directly from the forest like the ferns. Chris was born in Switzerland and lived with his wife Graziella for many years in Australia before settling in Canada a few years ago. Since then he has been on a mission that has earned him a nationwide reputation as one of the country's best slow food chefs. He represented Canada at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the year 2010 and was there to show the astonished guests from all over the world how varied the Canadian cuisine is. It comes quite surprising to light.


Chris Aerni - Owner and Executive Chef at the Rossmount Inn in St Andrews by the Sea
Chris Aerni - Owner and Executive Chef at Rossmount Inn in St Andrews by the Sea


On a culinary shopping tour of New Brunswick

We had the great pleasure of being inducted by Chris for a day into the regional peculiarities of New Brunswick cuisine. At a lunch at a small kiosk selling crabs, he tells us what he cares about in his culinary art: fresh produce from the local producer, short transport routes, traditional food of the region and own cultivation of exotic herbs, salads and vegetables in the home Garden. In order to achieve this goal, Chris is constantly on the lookout for local, regional and traditional ingredients that have been used here for centuries and in the case of the Indian population. However, he also draws on new products that, although derived from domestic animals, have only been available in this form for a few years, such as the exquisite caviar from Breviro. He will give us an afternoon's insight into the culinary specialties offered by the St. Andrews-by-the-Sea region, where his inn and restaurant are located.

Lunch at Ossi's Lunch

We stop at Ossi's Lunch, a small street kiosk at a larger parking lot on Highway 1, where the "best seafood in North America" ​​is advertised. I look at Chris questioningly, who laughs and says: “Let yourself be surprised! Here's the freshest seafood from the Bay of Fundy! ”And indeed: the crabs that we eat from the plastic bowl taste fantastic and whet the appetite for more.


Debbie Thorne offers Slow Food in Canada
Debbie Thorne offers Slow Food in Canada


Salmon smokehouse by Oven Head Salmon Smokers

Just a few meters away lies the salmon smokehouse of Oven Head Salmon SmokersDebbie Thorne, the owner, shows us how the Fundy salmon is processed. The salmon is delivered daily fresh from the farms, where he is fed mainly with herring, and smoked immediately after the arrival at Oven Head over maple smoke. The salmon receives a particularly fine aroma, which we appreciate during the rest of our journey. Oven Heads salmon keeps popping up on the road, be it in the delicatessens on the City Market of St. John or the menus of the restaurants we visit in the next few days.


Almost hatching sturgeon supplies Slow Food in Canada
Almost hatching sturgeon supplies Slow Food in Canada


Sturgeon from Breviro Caviar

And then Chris shows us something really special: the breeding station for sturgeon of Breviro Caviar in Pennfield, just a few miles from St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Here a sturgeon is bred, which is already almost extinct: Acipenser Brevirostrum. This species is found only in the St. John River, which originates in northern Maine and flows through New Brunswick all the way to the Bay of Fundy. Since 1967 this sturgeon is on the list of endangered species. Breviro is the only plant in the world where this fish is bred. The animals are brought to maturity carefully and with a lot of tact. The crew of Breviro knows every animal exactly, and only when the females have reached the right age, the caviar is won. It is seasoned with sea salt from the Bay of Fundy, canned and shipped to delis worldwide. A great rarity and delicacy, which certainly has its price: depending on the type of caviar 30 grams of Breviro caviar, that is a portion, between 95 and 143 Canadian dollars.

Slow Food in Canadian

After our visit to Breviro, Chris tells us that slow food in Canada can also be free: “In spring, we go out into the damp areas in the forest. Then the young ferns of the Fiddlehead Ferns sprout from the ground there. We harvest these as long as they grow fresh from the ground. Fiddlehead ferns are also available in local supermarkets for a few weeks. We use it to make fresh lettuce as a side dish or cook it like vegetables. ”Although we are unable to try the ferns ourselves because we are traveling at the wrong time of year, we also enjoy fresh ingredients from the forest because Chris says goodbye with us with the words: "I have to leave you now, because I still have to collect mushrooms for your dinner." And we are thrilled by this.

Let yourself be pampered on a road trip through New Brunswick with Slow Food in Canada Rossmount Inn by Chris Aerni or hold on the Old City Market of St. John Look for smoked salmon, fresh crabs or the rare caviar of Breviro.

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Source: own on-site research with the kind support of Tourism New Brunswick and Chris Aerni of the Rossmount Inn St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Slow Food in Canada: lobster and caviar

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "Slow Food in Canada: lobster and caviar"

  1. Hi Leigh, unfortunately i missed the fiddlehead season during my summer trip. What would be the best month to key them in spring? Do you know?

  2. I'm heading to New Brunswick next summer and look forward to the lobster - and smoked salmon. Fiddleheads wants to be out of season.

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