The Botany of Desire

  • 2009
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

The human-plant relationship is explored via the stories of the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato. Included: how the apple came to be sweet; "tulip mania" in the Netherlands circa the 1630s, when tulips were traded for large sums of money; the history and physiology of marijuana; the genetically modified (and no longer available) New Leaf potat (more…)

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Bringing Back Hard Cider
04:44 — Steven Wood explains the challenges of re-introducing Americans to a forgotten beverage with an elegant history.
Preview Trailer
06:15 — Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with t (more…)
How The Delicious Apple Got Its Name
01:09 — The story of a bright red apple that has become an American icon.
Potatoes - Web Extra with Michael Pollan
07:11 — Some fascinating historical and botanical facts about potatoes that didn't make it into the documentary.

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  • Premiered: October 28, 2009
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The human-plant relationship is explored via the stories of the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato. Included: how the apple came to be sweet; "tulip mania" in the Netherlands circa the 1630s, when tulips were traded for large sums of money; the his… (more)

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