Behind the Food 

What you didn't know about Boise's food world

ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

The pomology program at the University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station in Parma works to develop hybrid and international crops for the region, including introducing the Saturn Peach to the area, as well as more than 120 types of peaches and nectarines, more than 150 types of table grapes, several varieties of persimmon, Asian pears and quince.


ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

Idaho ranks third in the nation for production of hops.


ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

While teff grain is most commonly used in Africa, it is also an up-and-coming crop in Idaho.


ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

Amalgamated Sugar Co. in Nampa produces 400 million pounds of sugar each year.


ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

There are 22 registered apiaries with 7,177 bee colonies in Ada County and 20 registered apiaries with 11,059 colonies in Canyon County, according to the Idaho Department of Agriculture.


ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham

The natural geothermal waters near the Snake River in the Magic Valley have allowed fish farmers to raise unusual products, including sturgeon (which has led to a growing caviar industry) and even alligators.

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