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Tree zealot Casey Clapp and tree agnostic Alex Crowson review and rate your favorite arboreal friends. A semi-educational, basically pleasant, and fully unnecessary romp through the annals of treedom. Follow us on Instagram @arbortrarypod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support

Completely Arbortrary Casey Clapp & Alex Crowson

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Tree zealot Casey Clapp and tree agnostic Alex Crowson review and rate your favorite arboreal friends. A semi-educational, basically pleasant, and fully unnecessary romp through the annals of treedom. Follow us on Instagram @arbortrarypod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support

    To Tree or Not to Tree (Filbert)

    To Tree or Not to Tree (Filbert)

    The nut that actually is a nut, this week we chat about the filbert (Corylus avellana) and discuss the philosophical distinction between what exactly is a shrub versus a tree?  We ask the question can we even include this in a podcast about trees?  Or do we need to reconsider the very nature of that alleged category.

    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Fruit of Life and Death (Pomegranate)

    The Fruit of Life and Death (Pomegranate)

    The pomegranate (Punica granatum), a tree of mythical history, is our subject this week.  We dive to the depths of Hades back again, exploring the outsized role this squat tree has had in the myths and histories of nearly every religion and culture of the Mediterranean, Middle East and southern Asia.

    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

    Find additional reading at arbortrarypod.com

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    Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Pinus Delicious (Pinyon Pine)

    Pinus Delicious (Pinyon Pine)

    This week we chat about the Colorado pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) and its multitude of uses and fascinations.  A group of pines, the pinyons, are an interesting evolutionary clade that tend to interbreed where their populations overlap.  The seeds of the pinyon, though, are what has led to them being of utmost important to our culinary pantheons.

    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

    Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod

    Find additional reading at arbortrarypod.com

    Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Monopoly: Dutch Edition (Nutmeg)

    Monopoly: Dutch Edition (Nutmeg)

    The center of conflict and conquest, the Helen of Troy of Trees, the nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) tree has caused international incidents and revolutionized the flavors of cuisines world wide.  We talk all about how this tree and the Spice Islands it grows on impacted the world.  Then we get a delectable recipe and description of nutmeg that will simply make your mouth water.

    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

    Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod

    Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod

    Follow Swati Katakkar on Instagram @applesandambrosia


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Saddest Nut (Almond)

    The Saddest Nut (Almond)

    A historic tree that still shapes our world today, the almond (Prunus amygdalus) is curious member of our culinary pantheon.  Once so inedible that it would kill you, now it's one of the most popular and widely grown trees in the world.  But with that popularity comes a cost...



    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

    Find Additional Reading at arbortrarypod.com

    Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod

    Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod

    Follow Shannon Feltus on Instagram @urbanfarmfoods or urbanfarmfoods.co






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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Goodfungus (Holm Oak)

    Goodfungus (Holm Oak)

    An oak that has got it all figured out, the holm oak (Quercus ilex) has made a friend that is worth having. This week we talk about the holm oak and its most famous fungal associate, the Périgord truffle mushroom. Then, we flip the script and Casey gives Alex a chance to play a brand new game...

    Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

    Artwork - Jillian Barthold

    Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

    Find Additional Reading at arbortrarypod.com

    Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod

    Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod


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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

HappyRumbletum ,

Makes me smile

Who knew a podcast about trees could be so compelling? And every episode makes me smile. The Lothorien episode, I was grinning like an idiot the whole way through and if anyone noticed they would have thought “wow, she really likes driving!”
I particularly appreciate the attention to indigenous names, and Alex’s pronunciation of Tane Mahouta was spot on. (You guys have to come to NZ for real!)

Holly Rosanna ,

Excellent podcast

This podcast is so fun, a great mix of informative and entertaining. Casey is a giant tree nerd who inspires curiosity and wonder about all the trees he speaks about. Alex is hilarious and also asks all the questions I was thinking as the podcast unfolds (capacious!? What!?). I love to listen to the description of the tree and then look up the tree and see how close the image in my head was. Thanks for the great content and I can’t wait to hear more episodes!

Ps will you review the Holly?

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