Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?
Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.
African Rice in the Amazon: A History of Slavery and Resilience in the Rainforest with Dr. Tinde van Andel
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with Dr. Tinde van Andel, an ethnobotanist that studies the traditional uses of crops and medicinal plants from Africa to South America. She shares the incredible story of how enslaved African women hid special rice varieties and other crop seeds in their hair braids in their escape from plantations to the forest, where thriving Maroon communities were established and persist today in Suriname.
Tracing relationships between people and plants in the Himalayas with Dr. Robbie Hart.
On episode 67 of Foodie Pharmacology, Dr. Quave chats with Dr. Robbie Hart, Director of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden. Robbie is an ethnobotanist and explorer with expertise in agrobiodiversity of the Himalayas, where he studies high-elevation plant ecology, climate change, and ethnobotany. He shares some insights into his work on these topics and also explains how to make a delicious cup of yak butter tea, a local staple in the Himalayas!
Oh, Baby! The Emerging Science of Breastmilk and the Gut Microbiome
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with Dr. Bruce German, a leading expert on the science of breastmilk. You may have heard of the saying, “Breast is best” when discussing the topic of infant nutrition. But, you may be wondering, is that really true? And what are the nutritional needs of babies that enables them to grow and develop in that critical early period of life? Tune in to learn more about the exciting scientific breakthroughs emerging in this field!
Wicked Plants and Boozy Botany with Amy Stewart
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with Amy Stewart, a best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction works. You may recognize some of her popular nonfiction titles in the realm of botany, such as The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. We dive into some wicked plants that fascinate us both that can be found in the wild, your backyard or sometimes at the bar!
The Taste of Pain! Solving the Puzzle of Pain Receptors with Dr. David Julius
How many of you love hot sauce? What makes chili peppers so alluring to our pallets? Well, it has a lot to do with pain and how our bodies react to pain stimulants like capsaicin. Join Dr. Quave as she chats with Dr. David Julius – an expert on pain receptors – as they discuss how humans sense certain spices, and what this means in the search for new non-opiate pain therapies.
Crop diversity and the “Doomsday” vault with Dr. Cary Fowler
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with leading agricultural scientist, Dr. Cary Fowler, about the importance of seed banking and conserving crop diversity. Ever heard of the “Doomsday Seed Vault”? Though it may sound like something out of a sci-fi thriller – this important gene bank where millions of seeds are stored in a tunnel carved into the arctic ice – is 100% real. Tune in to this episode of Foodie Pharmacology to learn why saving seeds is key to the future of global food production in a changing c