Maple syrup is having a moment: in cooking, baking, and wellness culture. Michael Harlan Turkell talks to experts about the tapping process and learns more about the maple water trend, sugar shacks in Montreal, and Korean gorosoe. Plus: the joys of maple taffy and maple peeping in Japan.
How to Throw a Ripe Tomato
Food fights have long played a role in many cultures. Why do we love them so? This episode of Burnt Toast explores the psychology of the food fight and discusses several of the most interesting ones, past and present. Every year, in late August, 50,000 people descend on the Spanish city of Buñol to paint the town red for La Tomatina, throwing thousands of pounds of ripe tomatoes at one another. There's also the so-called Battle of the Oranges held in northern Italy, where opponents re-enact Ivrea’s civilian uprising against the ruling tyrant of the 12th century, and Germany’s Gemüseschlacht or Vegetable Battle, outside of Berlin, where a salad medley is flung through the air. We'll also speak with professional baseball players on how best to prepare to launch an aerial assault.
Leonardo Urena and the Giant Pumpkin
How, exactly, you grow a gourd larger than a living room, and more importantly—why.
Food Swindle, or Absolute Genius? The Margarine Story
We speak with Bee Wilson to follow the curious, contentious history of margarine back to its first invention. Turns out, we have Napoleon III to thank.
Where Did the Banana Peel Slipping Gag Come From?
The banana peel is so synonymous with slipperiness that we know how this joke ends right when it starts—why? And why a banana? We trace down the origins of the gag, and land in a surprising place.