INNISFIL, ONT– A local market garden near East Gwillimbury, Ontario drew world-wide attention recently when a rutabaga cultivar grown there trended on Twitter as the planet’s newest superfood. The news broke when Toronto celebrity YouTube-chef, Edward Wardsbury (@EWNo.1Torchow) tweeted: OMG super brassica napus! You wouldn’t believe! #newestsuperfood
This latest vegetable superstar was produced by a Canadian grower and market gardener, Gordon Bianchi, who grew the rutabagas on a .43 acre family plot in the Holland Marsh, an hour’s drive north of downtown Toronto. Bianchi said he was overwhelmed by the world-wide reception to what he called his “carefully nurtured” creation.
“It was phenomenal,” he said. “The whole harvest sold out in fifteen minutes by mail order. I sent the last dozen off by UPS a few minutes ago to a foodie in Uzbekistan.”
Wardsbury, whose syndicated YouTube cooking show boasts an audience of 2.9 million viewers in one-hundred and seventeen countries, said he couldn’t easily explain any single nutritional factor that might have propelled this particular rutabaga variety to superfood status.
“I mean, it’s got riboflavin and folate and all that great stuff in it,” he said. “So it’s ultra-healthy. But I think it’s more like people were looking for a change. Everyone is still doing the powerhouses like quinoa and goji berries and kale and such. But they are so yesterday, and I thought, why not rutabagas? So I told all my friends.”
FauxNews Today caught up with Caitlin Gill by telephone, for a comment. She is a well-known Canadian food enthusiast now living as an expatriate in Key Largo, Florida where she owns a health food restaurant. She had ordered three bushels of the Holland Marsh rutabagas and said she was putting them on the menu.
“I think it’s great that a uniquely Canadian vegetable has finally made it into the superfood category.” she said. “I put the order in as soon as I heard. I absolutely don’t believe what I see on TV anymore, but if it’s on Twitter, then it must be true.” Source: FNT Staff
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