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Singing Gardener: Plus, try Ted’s mashed potato pie crust pastry recipe

Anyone who has diabetes will be familiar with two words that follow. A home medical dictionary describes “hyperglycemia” as excess blood sugar and “hypoglycemia” as a condition in which the level of blood sugar is abnormally low or reduced.

A doctor’s book of home remedies calls diabetes “the disease of civilization,” and explains how diabetes is closely related to dietary habits. Our ancient ancestors may have dined on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and an occasional kill of wild game and fish. Today, a lot of folks are inclined to eat fast foods such as cheeseburgers with fries, and wash it all down with a sugary beverage. “You have the recipe for diabetes.” There’s a song that says: A you’re Adorable. There’s a low-carb potato named Adora. Welcome all with a tip of my hat.

Eating smart

It’s one of the best ways to help prevent diabetes or getting it under control. The right foods can be an ally in the fight to keep blood sugar levels in check. Talk to your doctor, a registered dietitian, or a diabetes educator about keeping track of how many carbs can be eaten and those that affect blood sugar. I’m highlighting a specialty potato called Adora with fewer carbohydrates that’s becoming a favourite variety for folks with diabetes. Potatoes are a fat-free healthy choice, a good source of fibre; much of which is contained in the skin. A single potato contains vitamin C, high concentrations of antioxidants and nearly twice the potassium found in a banana. It’s also important to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, and lean protein, including a regular exercise regimen. In combination they’re all part of maintaining control over diabetes or any weight-loss program.

Tote bags filled with washed potatoes weigh about 2,200 lbs. each; ready to be shipped all over Canada.
photo: Seed potatoes! Note the sign saying: “Buy 4 50 lb. bags & get the 5th FREE!”

A bit of history

Right off the bat let me first say thanks to Liana Fehr with Marketing at Kroeker Farms Ltd., 777 Circle K Drive, Winkler, Man., R6W 0K7, phone 204-325-4333. You’ll find Kroeker Farms located deep in the heart of sunny south-central Manitoba; about an hour’s drive straight south of where I am.

This family-owned farm stretches south of Winkler to west of Carman, Man. The farm grows potatoes such as Adora, Dark Red Norland, Colomba, Mozart, and other varieties, plus onions and cereals, among other things, on approximately 5,000 acres of which 50 per cent are irrigated. The number of people employed at Kroeker Farms varies from 60 to 160, depending on the time of year. In 2005 Kroeker Farms Ltd. celebrated 50 years of quality products and service.

Seed potatoes! Note the sign saying: “Buy 4 50 lb. bags & get the 5th FREE!”
photo: Seed potatoes! Note the sign saying: “Buy 4 50 lb. bags & get the 5th FREE!”

What’s to know about Adora

Meet Adora — a fantastic-tasting lower-carb potato grown at Kroeker Farms. This light-golden variety is smooth and thin skinned with shallow eyes giving Adora an eye-catching bright appearance that’s easy to peel. But why peel away the skin? Keep in mind many nutrients essential to good health are located close to the underside of the outer skin. Adora resists grey colouring when cooked, resulting in delicious bright and buttery mashed potatoes.

Adora is ecologically grown by Kroeker Farms on fields where ecological practices are applied, assuring the consumer of finest quality and outstanding taste.

Adora provides an alternative for potato lovers on a diet or diabetic, containing up to 30 per cent fewer carbohydrates than a standard Russet baking potato. It’s a prizewinner too, having been selected first among panels of international taste testers.

Gardeners wishing to place an order for Adora seed potato for planting purposes this year can contact The Potato Store in Winkler (a division of Kroeker Farms) at phone number 1-204-331-3150. Of course you can drive to Winkler too, if desired. Adora potatoes for eating purposes are sold at The Potato Store aforesaid and Sobeys in Manitoba and their stores throughout the rest of Western Canada. A recipe for making potato pie crust pastry follows next. You may want to try it.


Fail-proof potato pie crust pastry

If you make it, you be the judge. This makes enough dough for a double-crusted nine-inch pie such as an apple, blueberry or cherry pie; or a single-crusted 12-inch shell for a pumpkin pie. If making a lemon pie or banana cream pie the shell is pre-baked first before the filling is added. Most pie makers already know this.

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter or vegetable shortening (or half and half)
  • 2/3 cup mashed potatoes

Prep method:

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Cut in butter or shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly, then mix in potatoes until homogeneous and all parts come together. You’ll notice it doesn’t call for any water. Wrap in foil or cover with a tea towel and place in refrigerator for an hour before rolling out the dough on a floured pastry board. Fit a pastry shell into a pie plate, prick with a fork and bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven at 200 to 215 C (400 to 425 F) for 10 minutes. Do not burn the crust. Remove from oven, cool and then add desired filling.

About the author

Columnist

This is Ted Meseyton the Singing Gardener and Grow-It Poet from Portage la Prairie, Man. I salute all gardeners and farmers who help make our world a little safer and more ecologically balanced, and who toil to provide health-giving produce to others who cannot produce their own. It takes all sorts to make a world. One half of the world doesn’t know how the other half lives. The best physicians are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.

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