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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

Mar 30, 2020

During the period of social distancing and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you may be spending a lot of time at home pondering what to do with your food stores. Perhaps you’re worried about how to make your pantry supplies stretch into more meals, or perhaps you’re looking for ideas on how to reduce...


Mar 17, 2020

We eat this delightful legume in so many forms, from tofu, to soymilk, edamame and more! But, did you know that in addition to serving as a great source of plant proteins for the diet, that soy has also shown a number of fascinating health benefits in cancer prevention? In this episode, I speak with Dr. Omer Kucuk, a...


Mar 9, 2020

The terms “herbarium” (singular) or “herbaria” (plural) may elicit visions of a lush tropical greenhouse… but in fact, herbaria are collections of dead plant specimens that have been collected over years, dried and pressed to large sheets of acid free paper for long-term storage in cabinets. These specimens...


Mar 4, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a very dynamic, rapidly evolving situation and as such, can be confusing and foster a lot of misinformation. Many of you are likely wondering - are there medicinal plant remedies that can be used to fight the virus? What foods should I stock up on in case social distancing measures...


Mar 2, 2020

Food waste and sustainability initiatives with Peggy Barlett Have you ever found yourself in the unfortunate position of having to toss some food from the fridge that had lingered too long and gone bad? How about food scraps or unconsumed leftovers from your plate after a meal? Food waste is a major issue in America, as...