Burt Wolf: What We Eat
Burt travels through the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the US to uncover how the migrations of people, plants and animals that started 1492-1502 continues to impact the culture, economics and the diet of the world today.
Burt Wolf: What We Eat Previous Broadcasts
When Money Grew On Trees: The Story of Chocolate (Episode #101)
KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
During the spring of 1502 the Maya of Mexico introduced Columbus to the cacao bean which was their currency as well as the source of chocolate. This program looks at the history of chocolate in Mexico; its arrival in Spain, where it was used as a medicine and an aphrodisiac; its evolution into a drink for the rich in France as opposed to a drink available to all classes in England. We follow the beans from a plantation in Mexico to a chocolate bar in the United States, explore the story of chocolate in America and discover that on more than one occasion women have killed to have chocolate.