History of Pemmican
From the North American Great Plains, the Aboriginal and Metis created Bison Pemmican.
Peter Pond is credited with introducing this vital food to the trade in 1779, having obtained it from the Chipewyans in the Athabasca region. Later, posts along the Red, Assiniboine and North Saskatchewan Rivers were devoted to acquiring pemmican from Aboriginal peoples living in the region as well as the Metis.
Pemmican is dried meat, traditionally bison, pounded into coarse powder and mixed with an equal amount of melted fat, and sometimes Saskatoon Berries, cranberries or blueberries.
Cooled and sewn into bison-hide bags in 41kg lots, pemmican was a dense, high-protein and high-energy food that could be stored and shipped with ease to provision voyageurs in the fur trade travelling in the prairie regions where, especially in winter, food could be scarce.
Our “original” bison jerky – bison meat, no berries in this one! For those who like it less sweet, this has a rich and smoky flavour.
Bison Pemmican – Bison meat and 20% Saskatoon berries grown in Saskatchewan! This has a sweet and smoky flavour.
Cracked pepper & blueberry – bison meat, 10% wild blueberries, which have more flavour and double antioxidants than regular blueberries, Italian cracked black pepper – this is sweet meats heat! Delicious!