June 30, 2019
Join me direct from the Sharri Mountains of Kosovo! I speak with Prof. Avni Hajdari of the University of Prishtina about a unique local beverage known as mountain tea (caj malet)! You may be surprised to learn of the secret ingredient: the gorgeous and fragrant purple flowering wild oregano (Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae).
#Oregano #Tea #Balkans
June 23, 2019
Orchids are a plant lover’s delight – they bring this amazing level of beauty to home interiors and gardens. Many of you plant lovers may have a lovely orchid decorating your home, or office or garden. Many of the orchids sold commercially are propagated through cell culture techniques so as not to deplete wild collections. Orchids aren’t just for beauty though – some of them are even edible. One edible example you may be familiar with is vanilla – this comes from the fruit pod of an orchid species that is native to Central America. In the Balkans, there are several species that are consumed, with the underground tubers being harvested to create a special beverage called salep. Join me from Kosovo as I sit down to chat about salep with orchid expert, Susanne Masters!
#Orchids #Salep #PlantTrade
June 16, 2019
Mango belongs to the same family as poison ivy and while it is an absolute delight for some to eat, for those sensitive to urushiol – it can have allergic effects. the mango tree (Mangifera indica, Anacardiaceae) is native to tropical Asia and has been cultivated on the Indian subcontinent for over 4,000 years, where it has also played a key role in Ayurvedic medicine. Join me as I examine the history and pharmacology of this delightful fruit!
#Mango #Fruit #Tropics
June 4, 2019
I absolutely love green cardamom as an ingredient in sweet desserts and in flavorful chai lattes, Turkish coffee, or golden milk where I combine it with turmeric and ginger, or even in a Middle-Eastern inspired apple turnover dish I like to cook in the fall. Join me as I explore the history and pharmacology of this tasty spice and also tour a new ice-cream factory in Atlanta – the IceCream Walla Company! I chat with Reza Bhiwandiwalla and taste test their delicious Badam Milk ice cream, which incorporates fresh ground cardamom pods with crunchy almonds into a rich sweet cream, creating a distinctive and delicious dessert as a result! Are you hungry for more? I am! Let’s dig in.
#IceCream #Cardamom #Spice