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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 she explores the amazing pharmacology of our foods

Feb 28, 2019

Did you know that there is a plant that has been used as a health beverage ingredient for more than 3,000 years? It is a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols and some stimulant ingredients that have made it a leading beverage ingredient across the globe! Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just...


Feb 23, 2019

Have you ever flavor-tripped? Put something in your mouth and had a totally unexpected reaction? How does flavor tripping work? In this episode – we’re going to take a look at the science behind the magical reaction of miracle fruit. Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown...


Feb 13, 2019

Episode 3 Cassava: Poison on my plate? What if I were to tell you half a billion people eat a poisonous plant every day? How did this deadly root become a part of the human diet? We explore the historic origins and human ingenuity in processing techniques to find out! Have you ever wondered where your food comes from?...


Feb 13, 2019

Episode 2 Coffee: Wine of the Bean What gives coffee its kick? How did this bitter shrub become a part of the human diet? We explore the historic origins and chemical medley of the source of this bitter beverage to find out! Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where...


Feb 13, 2019

Episode 1 - Black Pepper - It hurts so good! What gives black pepper its heat? How did this jungle vine become a part of the human diet? We explore the historic origins and chemistry of this plant and its interactions with our pain receptors to find out! Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just...