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International Beaver Day

It’s our national symbol, and as embedded in the Canadian psyche as is the maple leaf.  Because today is International Beaver Day, we wanted to share a little-known culinary tale about our furry friends…

Did you know that the Catholic Church recognized the beaver as a fish in the 17th century?  Since the semi-aquatic rodent was an excellent swimmer, the Bishop of Quebec asked the Church to declare the beaver a fish. This solved the big problem of what to eat on Fridays during Lent as the recently converted indigenous North Americans loved to eat beaver.

Should you wish to follow suit, we recommend Martin Picard‘s recipe for Confederation Beaver from his mind-blowing Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack cookbook.

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