While Saskatchewan producers are known for their wheat, barley and canola, more farmers are starting to diversify their crop even more.
Spice crops are becoming a bit of a trend for some producers, and with the world market valued at about 10 billion dollars, there is room to grow.
Provincial Special Crop specialist Dale Risula says these crops can be sold around the world.
“India is a place that produces a great deal of spices as well, and of course a lot of the consumption of spices is also realized in that country as well,” Risula said. “The U.S. is another major market for Canada.”
Risula said those new to spice crops should talk to someone who has grown them before.
“Spices have been grown here in Saskatchewan for the last 30 years now, and many of the growers are highly accustomed to all of the in’s and out’s and do’s and don’t’s of growing spice crop, so talk to them and get their ideas and thoughts on growing the spice crop.”
Wild rice, caraway and coriander crops are just some varieties of spice crops grown in Saskatchewan.