Foodie Pharmacology Podcast

Jamaican Root Tonics with Dr. Ina Vandebroek

January 13, 2020

The Caribbean is home to an amazing assortment of botanicals from merging cultures. In Jamaica, wild plants are used to make special fermented “root tonics” not only as an enjoyable beverage, but also to boost health. Some of these are even attributed with aphrodisiac properties for men and women. I speak with Dr. Ina Vandebroek—ethnobotanist and expert in wild Caribbean plants used as food and medicine. We discuss root tonics and other local delights like “bissy” and “cerassee”, which also play an important role in food and medicine in Jamaica. 

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