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Edible Memory

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Amongst all the fruits and vegetables at farmers markets are delicious treasures like Green Zebra tomatoes, Cosmic Purple carrots, and Winesap apples. These heirloom produce have been cultivated and prized for generations. But how does a tomato become an heirloom and an apple an antique? Sociologist Jennifer Jordan joins us Monday to explore how people around the world have identified and preserved old varieties of produce, establishing a rich and delicious collection of edible memories.

Jennifer Jordan is a professor of sociology and urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She’s the author of Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods [Amazon|Indiebound].

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