The Pacific Northwest (U.S.)

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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The Pacific Northwest (U.S.) includes the entire northwest corner of the United States and Canada. The region is prized by cooks for its superior tree fruits, nuts, and berries. The lush valleys of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon form a large, fertile growing region that is sandwiched between the Coastal range on the west and the rugged Cascade and Rocky Mountain ranges on the east, stretching over 400 miles north to south. The area’s dry and sunny days and cool nights are optimal for flavor and color development and mean fewer disease problems. Crops grow slowly and develop rich, complex flavor profiles.