Warm up for the holidays with these spicy podcasts!

This holiday season, warm up with these three healing gingers! The Zingiberaceae family (the ginger family) is rich in history, flavor and medicinal properties! I profile three of my favorite members of the ginger family in the Foodie Pharmacology podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or any of your favorite podcast streaming services. Here are the direct links to those great ginger episodes:
  • The Genius of Ginger. You may be surprised to learn that a common spice in your cupboard comes with a millennia-long story of use in food and medicine. It’s been used for everything from treating nausea to adding a delightful flavor to some tasty desserts! This spicy root comes with some big health-promoting potential! Join me as I examine the genius of ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae)!
  • Turmeric, The Golden Spice. This delightful orange rhizome has a long history in several forms of traditional medicine, used to treat breathing problems, rheumatism and various skin disorders. In food, turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) offers bright color and pungent flavor to both sweet and savory dishes! Join me as I explore the fascinating history and use of this health-boosting spice.
  • Green Cardamom, The Queen of Spices. 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.
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Join me for a free virtual event on January 4th with Elachee Nature Science Center

I'll be speaking at the Elachee Nature Science Center January 2022 Science Night. This is a virtual event, and it is free and open to the public. Find out more and register here.

Upcoming Event: Join me in Saint Augustine on January 13th!

I'll be speaking in the Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series on January 13th. This free lecture will be presented at the UF Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, in St. Augustine. Those interested will also have the option of registering to watch via Zoom live the night of the lecture. The registration link will be available January 6 at whitney.ufl.edu. Book signing to follow the talk. More information also available on the Facebook Event Page.

Lost in Translation

I was interviewed for this article by Lance Frazer for Kiwanis Magazine about language loss and how this trend could affect the health of humans across the planet. Here's an excerpt:

[For Cassandra Quave, the lack of connection that most people in the West have to the environment isn’t just a difference from that of Indigenous peoples. It requires an effort to preserve and share knowledge.
“These cultures are embedded in nature, giving them a much deeper tie to the environment,” she says. “This is not something that Western science can swoop in and find. I mean, look: There are 374,000 to 390,000 species of plants. And so far, we’ve documented about 9% as being used in traditional medicine.”]

Read the whole piece in Kiwanis Magazine for free here.

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