Not too long ago, four Outside/In producers waged an epic fruit fight: a good-natured debate of culinary and cultural history, aimed at deciding which seed-bearing delicacy ought to be crowned the GFOAT, or the Greatest Fruit of All Time: the pepper, the gourd, the coconut, or the vanilla bean.
The debate inspired a handful of well-argued (and listener-submitted) write-in candidates, as well as a thoughtful conversation about the deep connections between food, culture, and colonialism.
Rice is Food, And Other Stories
Lauren Baker, Grant Bosse, and Hallie Casey
Three new listener-submitted contenders for our Greatest Fruit of All Time contest: Corn, Grapes, and Rice.
Food, Culture, and Colonialism
Taylor Quimby and Justine Paradis
A domesticated species that produces food is almost necessarily a collaboration between the natural world and a cultural history: fruit-bearing plants and the people that tend them, export them, and ingest them, are inextricably intertwined.
So it's perhaps no surprise that behind the foods we love are human stories of migration, adaptation, and colonialism's enduring mark on cultures around the world.
“On Luxury” by Alicia Kennedy
A 2013 Scientific American article on America’s corn system.