Jun 29, 2020
Hello fellow foodies! On this episode, we’re going to dive into the stories behind one of my favorite summertime fruits – figs! As a kid, I was never a fan of fig-based cookies, but my mind was totally changed when I first encountered a lush, ripe fig tree during fieldwork in southern Italy. I plucked a large green skinned fig off of a tree and as I bit into it, the rows of pink flowers inside were revealed. The flavor and texture was just incredible! This delicious treat was the result of an interesting relationship between the plant and local insects. Want to learn more? Well I have the perfect guest for it!
Dr. Mike Shanahan's work weaves together the mythology, history and ecology of one of the world’s most and diverse groups of plants, covering their starring role in religion, to their potential to restore rainforests, halt the loss of threatened and endangered species, and even limit climate change.
Mike is a freelance writer and journalist with a doctorate in tropical rainforest ecology. His work focuses on biodiversity and climate change. He is the author of "Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees".
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? Or – is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?
Foodie Pharmacology is a food podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, foodies and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! So, join me on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.
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Dr. Cassandra Quave is an American ethnobotanist, herbarium curator, and assistant professor at Emory University. Her research focuses on analyzing natural, plant-based medicine of Mediterranean indigenous cultures to help combat infectious disease and antibiotic resistance. @QuaveEthnobot