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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

Sep 30, 2019

Have you ever heard the term “blue zone”? It refers to a few places on Earth where a large number of locals live to be a hundred years old or older. Lifespan and even healthspan are influenced by many different factors ranging from genetics, to physical activity, social factors, and diet. In this episode – we’re...


Sep 23, 2019

Have you ever considered plant biodiversity through the lens of your taste buds? On this 22nd episode of Foodie Pharmacology, I chat with Drs. Rachel Meyer and Dr. Ashley DuVal about their work in the world of bitters and other botanical beverage ingredients. Along with Dr. Selena Ahmed, they are co-founders of Shoots...


Sep 16, 2019

Apples have a long history in folklore – from being called the forbidden fruit to associations with witches. Since their domestication in Central Asia thousands of years ago, thousands of cultivars have been developed by people across the globe. Today, we eat them raw, or process them into dry form, as apple cider,...


Sep 9, 2019

Cheese is gooey, delicious, and comes in so many flavors and forms! But, how does this food, which starts with the simple base ingredient of milk, acquire this diversity in flavor? The credit goes to a variety of microbes that not only alter the color, smell, texture and flavor of cheese – but also do it via complex...


Sep 2, 2019

Did you know that there is a fragrant shrub with medicinal properties against respiratory infections, pain and diabetes that has been used by indigenous people spanning North America, Europe and Asia for centuries? Labrador tea is still valued today in the treatment of many ailments and is consumed as a...