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This catalog lists all of the varied and wonderful foods in the USA that are currently on the Ark of Taste.

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Pacific Northwest

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Alaskan Birch Syrup

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In Alaska, where Birch trees are plentiful and maples scarce, the sweet and creamy confection that is syrup, originates from the Birch tree. Birch trees, like many northern hardwoods, have long been tapped for their sugary, invigorating sap, but in the contiguous 48 states, Maple trees' high...

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Black Republican Cherry

Prunus avium l.

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The Black Republican cherry is relatively small in size, with a rotund shape, deep purple color, firm flesh and intense black cherry flavor. Although it was highly regarded by many growers, it lost favor because of its smaller size and tendency to be slightly astringent when not fully ripe. It...

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Bodega Red Potato

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For several decades, the Bodega Red Potato disappeared entirely from production. No one could taste the creamy and nutty flavors of this extraordinary potato that once fed California gold miners. Then, a surprising discovery of mysterious tubers started an exciting effort to repatriate Bodega...

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Corriente Cattle

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The Corriente breed, also called Criollo, can be traced to the first cattle brought to the Americas by the Spanish explorers in the late 15th century. These cattle were chosen for their hardiness so they could survive the ocean crossing and adapt to a new land. Eventually, the descendants of...

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Geoduck

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Correctly pronounced “gooey-duck", this name comes from the Nisqually American Indian people of Washington State. Who called the animals "Gwe-duk” meaning "dig-deep". Geoducks are among the longest-lived animals in the world, as many individuals live for more than 100 years. Geoduck clams are...

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Inchelium Red Garlic

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Hailing from the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, Washington, this garlic is a large and beautiful artichoke variety. The dense bulb, can have anywhere from 9-20 cloves and an outer bulb wrapper that is thick for the purpose of protecting the bulb. The flavor of the Inchelium Red is...

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Ivis White Cream Sweet Potato

Ipomoea Batatas

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Even though sweet potatoes are usually thought of as southern crop, the Ivis White Cream sweet potato is produced in the northern parts of the US from upstate New York and Maine to the rainy Washington coast?all areas where growing sweet potatoes was previously thought impossible. The potato...

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Jacob’s Cattle Bean

Phaseolus Vulgaris

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This bean is a Prince Edward Island heirloom. Legend has it that it was a gift from Maine’s Passamaquoddy Indians to Joseph Clark, the first white child born in Lubec, Maine.

It is a plump, white and red speckled, kidney-shaped bean with vivid maroon splashes. It is full-flavored, holds its...

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Kirk-Howe Walnut

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The original Kirk walnut tree and many others in the Brownsville area fell in the Columbus Day Storm of October 1962. Commercial walnut growers, who had had difficulty competing with the California walnut industry, replanted their lands to filberts. Remaining Kirk and Kirk-Howe trees are still proudly pointed out to tourists on Brownsville's Historic Walking Tour, but at this writing (2015) there is no commercial production...

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Livingston’s Globe Tomato

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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Livingston’s Globe tomato is a three-inch rose-red fruit with a good yield. It was created when Livingston’s New Stone and Ponderosa were crossed. Pretty and pale, it kicks you in the mouth with a lot of flavor but the taste doesn’t linger. High in acidity, it is sour and very juicy with an...

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Lorz Italian Garlic

Allium sativum

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The Lorz Italian Garlic is an heirloom from the northwestern part of the US, with a very strong flavor. The Lorz family brought this plant to Washington State’s Columbia River Basin in the early1900s from their home in Italy.

Lorz garlic thrives in hot summers as it picks up quite a bit of the...

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Marbled Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

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The Marbled Chinook is a distinct fish that occurs predominantly in the fisheries of Washington and Southwestern British Columbia. It is believed that these Chinooks, (as opposed to the Red or White Chinook) originate from tributaries of the Lower Fraser, the Harrison, the Vedder and Chilliwack...

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Marshall Strawberry

Fragaria x ananassa nothosubsp. ananassa

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Discovered in Massachusetts about 125 years ago by Marshall Ewell, the Marshall strawberry was considered “the finest eating strawberry in America,” according to James Beard, “exceedingly handsome, splendidly flavored, pleasantly sprightly, aromatic and juicy.” The Marshall strawberry is small to medium in size and bumpy, with a dark red heart and delicate skin.

The fruit is so soft, in fact, that it leaves a trail of juice when harvested and moved from...

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Olympia Native Oyster

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The Olympia Oyster - also known as the Oly Oyster - is native to the west coast of the US and was widely over-harvested by American Indians and later European settlers to the point of depletion. Sustainable cultivation in the Puget Sound of Washington State began in the 1930’s, but rapidly declined...

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Ozette Potato

Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena

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The Ozette came from Peru by way of Spanish explorers to the Makah Indians at Neah Bay, Washington in the late 1700s. The Ozette is also known by the names, Anna Cheeka’s Ozette and Makah Ozette. It is considered a fingerling potato, as its size ranges from 3-7 inches in length and 0.75-1.5...

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Pilgrim Goose

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The Pilgrim Goose is thought to have come to America with the pilgrims and then named in the early 20th century by a Missouri farmer. It is a unique bird in that the sex of the bird can be distinguished by color; this is known as auto-sexing. Even when young the birds can be distinguished, as...

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Randall Cattle

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The Randall or Randall Lineback cow is a purebred remnant of lineback-patterned cattle once common in New England. Though the origins of the breed are not clear, it is likely to have originated in New England from a combination of Dutch, English and French cattle. Historically, they were...

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Reefnet Salmon Fishing Method of the Northern Puget Sound

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Wild Pacific Salmon reefnet fishing is a historical Pacific Northwest salmon fishing method. It has been practiced for centuries by the Native American tribes of the Puget Sound and farther north along Vancouver Island. Native peoples used cedar canoes and cedar nets to catch wild Sockeye and...

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Rockwell Bean

Phaseolus Vulgaris

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The bean is an extremely rare heirloom variety of bush bean that have historically been grown by farmers of Ebey’s Prairie in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington. It came from early Coupeville pioneer, Elisha Rockwell, who settled there in the late 1800s. He maintained this variety that rapidly became popular in the small pioneer community for its ability to germinate in cool soils and mature rapidly – both extremely important traits in a cool, maritime climate.

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Scio Kolace/Kolache

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Originated in Czechoslovakia, kolace, fresh-made yeast bread, migrated with the Czech settlers to various communities in the West and Midwest of the United States in 1880’s. It was especially valued in places like Scio, which is a town established in 1866 by Oregon Trail pioneers on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley...

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Spanish Roja Garlic

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Spanish Roja garlic is a hard neck garlic in the rocambole family. Rocambole garlics are known for having deeper, more interesting flavors than other varieties, which make them superior in comparison to soft neck garlics in all types of cooking.

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St. Croix Sheep

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a.k.a. Virgin Island White Sheep, White Virgin Islander sheep, White Virgin Island sheep


An American sheep breed, the St. Croix is part of the Caribbean Hair sheep family of breeds. Caribbean Hair sheep were developed from the hair sheep of West Africa and a few European wooled sheep that were...

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Sugar Hubbard Squash

Cucurbita maxima

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The Sugar Hubbard Squash is known for its size, sweet flavor, and long storage time. These squashes come from the Pacific Northwest and are the result of a cross between the Sweet Meat Heirloom variety transported from the Northeast to Oregon in the 1920’s and the Blue Hubbard Squash. As of 2015 it is still a local favorite on Whidbey Island, Washington because it ripens despite the cold unlike Butternut and other squashes. Whidbey Island is home to Sherman’s Pioneer Farm, the only farm still commercially producing Sugar Hubbard Squashes.

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The Silver Fox Rabbit

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The Silver Fox Rabbit is truly a multi-purposed breed whose genetic make-up has never been divulged. Today it is critically endangered with fewer than fifty annual North American registrations and there is a global population of less than 500.

The bucks can weight up to eleven pounds and does...

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