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Edible Yukon

Kim Melton

Edible Yukon Columnist Kim Melton is an enthusiastic forager and gardener, inspired by all things that make up good, local food


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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Raspberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries: being on Yukon time means planning your weekends around where to pick once the – dare I say it? - latter part of summer rolls around and hints at fall. There is one berry fairly new to the... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

The light returns to the Yukon long before the heat and we’re still in the prime season of huge oscillations in temperature between day and night. Mornings dawn crisp – but early – and as of yet we feel no compulsion to head outside until it warms a more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: John Lenart

The warm winds of spring have brought with them the promise of little green shoots popping out of their seeds to generate the stuff of salads. There is a brief moment in our northern spring between the holding cold of winter and the heady 24-hour... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I was making a carrot cake this week for one of the Jack Russell's birthdays (he gets the carrot ends, we get the cake, seems like a pretty good deal), and the subject of peeling vegetables came up. I have always been reticent about sending the... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Kim Melton

It struck me a couple days ago that I have gotten out of the habit of baking, and was missing having nibbly bites about for those mid-meal moments that require just a little something. I briefly mentally bemoaned my lack of muffins, before... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Hayley Redpath

If I were to search out the exact opposite of local, homegrown food, I would pass through the security gates at an international airport. The sportsbars, food courts and even neo-eco-healthy cafés are part of an isolated microcosm that I’m sure... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Kim Melton

The circle is often used as a symbol of perfection. The delicious combination of sweet or savoury filling and flaky pastry at its best when round is known as “pie.” The magic number that tells us everything we need to know about a circle is called... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Jennifer Tyldesley

Jennifer Tyldesley has spent her life behind the controls of aeroplanes: in the Air Force, flying search and rescue and most recently for Air North. I imagine her in a crisp white shirt with epaulettes gleaming, watching the Klondike Valley sweep... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Kim Melton

You know that thing you've had for years and haven't been quite willing to part with, though you haven't yet discovered its particular niche? Mine is a small hand-crank cast iron meat grinder, and the niche has been found. Two in fact, in the... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I extracted a small tub of raspberries from the freezer yesterday, comforted to see it near overflowing with the season's harvest. Though saskatoons and blueberries came in in droves this year, the raspberries that made it to the freezer were few... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ok, so when I hear the words “pelvic floor” the folks I think of are pregnant women and the elderly. It's also a term that has come up in yoga classes, usually in the context of maintaining strength en route to joining one of those groups of... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Kim Melton

One of the fun things about fermented foods is passing on bits to others, knowing they will grow and spread like a great idea. It required a bit of a mental leap to go from creating my first ferments to seeing this possibility, kind of like going... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I've put a lot of miles under me this spring between Victoria, B.C. and the Klondike Valley, and had thought I would be riding the green wave north. It is true that there were more leaves out on the Gulf Islands than there were when I arrived at... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

“‘...but gracious me! It's getting light! Good night, old Turnip-top, good-night!’ A nod, and he was gone.” So ends the sixth canto of Phantasmorgia by Lewis Carroll (better known for having written the topsy-turvy classic Alice in... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ah, arnica. Renowned for its power to soothe sore muscles, sprains and bruises, and a common gateway drug into the wonderful world of the do-it-yourself apothecary. Most often it is in the form of arnica oil, where the bright yellow flower heads... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Yes, a new form of torture has been developed, involving an unrelenting repetition of a single passage from the Myth of Sisyphus – what? C-A-M-A-S? So, not Albert? Oh...sorry about that. Let's begin again. more

Oct 15, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Kim Melton

When I first began eating wild mushrooms, I was studying squirrels. I watched which mushrooms they picked to stash in trees, and figured that whichever ones they ate were probably not (or not very) poisonous. These days I know a little more and am... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Nitrates, nitrites, nitrous… makes me think of big industrial fertiliser companies, laughing gas, and that wheee sound the cars in videogames used to make when you gave them an extra burst of speed. more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Before I get into to the juicy details, a little dry semantics: high bush vs low bush. And I love that I live in a place where no one need make any lewd jokes. Cranberries, of course, are the subject. Growing up, I only knew of one kind, harvested... more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Pike are notorious for being boney. As a child, I developed an intense fear of choking on fi sh bones. Not from any horrendous experience, but probably from my little-girl brain taking an off-hand comment from my mum to be careful way too ... more

Aug 20, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing