Last year, I shared with you a few recipes using blueberries from Chile - Salmon, Fresh Blueberries and Lemon Salad with Chive Vinaigrette and Fresh Chilean Blueberry and Cranberry Relish along with a recipe that featured their grapes - Chilean Grape and Wild Rice Dressing. While I’m all about sustainability and supporting local farmers, I like the convenience of having fresh foods year round – especially for holiday cooking. That’s why I don’t mind buying produce from Chile, since their foods are in season when US harvests are done, so they don’t compete with locally produced foods.
Sustainability and food safety
When it comes to carbon emissions, 90% of Chile’s exports are sent by ship with an estimated arrival of 10 days from grower to store. This efficiency is 3.2 times greater than ground transport used in other countries, leaving fewer emissions.
As far as food safety, Chile’s international treaties and trade arrangements with the US, Asia and EU enforce Chile to comply with sustainable development. Growers are GlobalGAP-certified and practice modern production and handling, have state-of-the-art packaging and storage facilities, and put the emphasis on worker hygiene and sanitation. They also practice strict control of pesticide use and monitor residue levels. Finally, all pallets of Chilean fresh fruit are shipped with barcodes that identify country of origin, species/variety, packing date, name of producer and province.
Chile is all about variety
Besides fruits and vegetables, did you know that Chile exports trout, mussels, salmon, wine, olive oil, almonds, nuts and chicken? They also grow apples in almost every fruit-producing region of Chile. Varieties include Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Jona Gold, Red Delicious, Royal gala, among others.
You can see the Chilean food calendar here at the bottom of the page.
Are you America’s Next Top Food and Travel Writer?
Foods From Chile is hosting a month-long blogger contest on Facebook to send one lucky winner to Chile, all expenses paid! The contest will consist of two rounds of submissions:
Round 1: Write a 250 word blog post about Chile’s unique agriculture and its amazing foods. (This can be a new or existing blog post.)
Round 2: 10 Semi-finalists will submit a 30-second to 1-minute video that answers the question: “Why are you the right blogger for this Chilean Culinary Adventure?”
Judging and Winner selection Process
Round 1: 10 semi-finalists will be selected using a combination of Foods From Chile judging and a calculation of the greatest number of votes each blog entry receives by the public.
Round 2: Video submissions, blog posts, and blogger portfolios will be judged by award-winning journalists and bloggers and choose the winner.
Judges: Ryan D’Agostino, Editor at Esquire magazine; Paul Brady, Travel Editor at Huffington Post; and a well-known food blogger (TBD).
Winner: An all expenses paid guided culinary tour of Chile from April 10-13, 2013.
Semi-Finalists: Gift bag with a variety of foods from Chile including a tote bag, a snack size box of almonds, walnuts, and prunes, a mini jar of jam, can of mussels, bottle of merken, magnet with healthy tips, two recipe cards, Chilean extra virgin olive oil, and 100% pressed Chilean blueberry juice.
Join us #TicketToChile Twitter Party on Tuesday, January 29, 7 PM EST
Join me, Kitchen PLAY, Foods From Chile, and some of my favorite food bloggers for a Twitter Party celebrating the variety of delicious Foods From Chile. We’ll discuss Foods from Chile’s blogger contest where they’re be sending one lucky winner to Chile, all expenses paid!
We’ll also have a treasure hunt to win one of six Foods From Chile Gift Bags featuring: a snack size box of almonds, walnuts, and prunes, a mini jar of jam, can of mussels, bottle of merken, magnet with healthy tips,two2 recipe cards, Chilean extra virgin olive oil, and 100% pressed Chilean blueberry juice.
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and efforts on behalf of Foods from Chile. All opinions and experiences are my own.