Episode 3

Cassava: Poison on my Plate?

Episode Link: iTunes and SoundCloud

What if I were to tell you half a billion people eat a poisonous plant every day? How did this deadly root become a part of the human diet? We explore the historic origins and human ingenuity in processing techniques to find out!

About Cassandra Quave

Prof. Cassandra Quave is best known for her ground breaking research on the science of botanicals. Scientists in her research lab work to uncover some of nature’s deepest secrets as they search for new ways to fight life-threatening diseases, including antibiotic resistant infections. Working with a global network of scientists and healers, Cassandra and her team travel the world hunting for new plant ingredients, interviewing healers, and bringing plants back to the lab to study. Besides research, Cassandra is an award-winning teacher, and has developed and taught the college classes “Food, Health and Society” and “Botanical Medicine and Health” at Emory University.

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Keywords

#manioc #tapioca #cassava #yuca #fufu #glutenfree #cyanide #poison #gari #edibleroots, #boba #tea #BubbleTea, #foodie #pharmacology #food #spice #botany #science #STEM

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