Aired: December 12, 2015

Papayas in December

Courtesy of Flickr user Jessica "The Hun" Reeder

  • Food Fad Myths (15 min.)

    With: Alan Levinovitz (James Madison University)

    With so many nutrition studies contradicting each other, it’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to food and health. As a result, fad diets rooted in myths have proliferated over the ages.

  • Papayas in December (11 min.)

    With: Reza Rafie & Wanda Johnson (Virginia State University)

    A menu sampling of foods made with blackberries, ginger, and even papayas that are grown over the winter in inexpensive high tunnels.

  • Journey of the Wren Chapel Organ (8 min.)

    With: Tom Marshall (William and Mary)

    We visit one of the oldest working pipe organs in the United States, housed in the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.  It wasn’t until the 1970s that the 18th century organ from England, on loan from Colonial Williamsburg, was installed in the chapel.

  • Bringing Back the Chestnut (13 min.)

    With: Heather Griscom (James Madison University)

    Most of the chestnuts roasting on open fires this winter are from Europe or Asia, not America, because American chestnut trees were largely wiped out by blight. We hear about efforts to restore American chestnut trees.

  • Food Taboos

    ‘Tis the season to cook, bake, and eat much more than usual.  The tricky part, though, is accommodating everyone’s dietary restrictions. One Virginia scholar says that food taboos are deeply rooted in culture and identity. Lilia Fuquen reports.

  • wondrous Wanda

    Wanda’s Wondrous Roasted Eggplant Dip

    Culinary Specialist Wanda Johnson, of the VSU College of Agriculture, was in the Virginia This Morning kitchen to pass along a fresh roasted eggplant dip. Click here to get the recipe!

  • Growing Tropical Edibles in the Winter

    See the high-tunnels where the ingredients for Wanda’s recipes are grown, and a couple of her prized recipes!



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