The Two Guys One Plant Podcast

Messy Veggies

Just two guys exploring a new vegetable, fruit or nut each week. Deep diving into the history, nutrition, medicinal uses, planting and growing, storing and of course the best ways to cook and eat it.

All Episodes

We are 27 episodes down and thought it was a good time to reflect on the journey so far. We talk about all our favourite parts, the episodes that wowed us the most, the facts that blew our mind and all the things we are doing now that we have recorded and researched 27 different plants.   

Oct 2020

54 min 43 sec

Another fascinating episode about a special spice, Star Anise. Used in many cuisines for both sweet and savoury dishes, we explore deeper into how it moved around from country to country.  We also talk about nutrition and cooking with Star Anise, from jams to blondies and much more.

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

We are back after a week's break. Ready to fill your ears with tales of Bok Choy and how amazing this vegetable is. You will be fascinated with the crazy amount of nutrition this plant holds and delivers to your body.     

Sep 2020

1 hr 31 min

Many look at rhubarb as a fruit because of the wide application of rhubarb dessert recipes. In spite of the fact that botanists and horticulturists disagree in that it's scientific classification of this species, as a vegetable. All the more shockingly, rhubarb's job was restorative as opposed to culinary all through most of its history. Broad culinary uses started just two centuries prior though therapeutic uses are in the vicinity of 5000 years or more.

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

This episode about figs is literally mind-blowing. It's hard to put into detail the grand history of figs and how they have impacted and helped in the civilisation of the human race.  Enjoy this episode.

Sep 2020

1 hr 53 min

About 10% of the global population has strong hate towards coriander. Believe it or not, there is a whole bunch of science behind why this is the case. We talk in detail about this and the research that has come out detailing this aversion. We also talk about the history, nutrition, and the many different ways you can cook with all the different parts of this fascinating herb and spice. Plus we will teach you how to grow it without killing it. Now that's a win. 

Sep 2020

1 hr 22 min

We thought we knew all there was to know about cumin. But after completing our research this week, we discovered there are so many hidden features of this amazing plant that you wouldn't even know. We talk about this in-depth in the nutrition section of the podcast, because cumin is one of the most iron dense foods on the planet! Crazy right?!   Read more & get the key takeaways here.

Aug 2020

1 hr 32 min

Did you know that there are more than 200 flowers produced by a single pineapple plant? These flowers have their individual fruits, in fact they are small berries, which look like scales. These individual berries join together to form a single pineapple. We talk all things pineapple this week, from the history, which spans from South America through the world. Diving into the nutrition, cooking and also growing these tropical fruits.  We also speak with Tessa Carrol the plant-based eco-warrior behind Ahimsa Collective. A luxury accessories label that is at the forefront of innovative fashion. Tessa has been in the fashion industry ever since her mother taught her to sew at age 7. She is passionate about our planet, our oceans, and truly changing the way we think about fashion from a consumer perspective and setting new and effective supply chains utilising eco-friendly materials.  This is a fascinating interview where we discover the process behind using pineapple leaves to make a new material not too dissimilar to leather.    Read More Here Watch The Pinetex Process Here

Aug 2020

2 hr 7 min

This week we look at the capsicum fruit. We talk about many different aspects of this plant, from its use in chemical weapons to the common names and whether the capsicum is the same as the bell pepper.  As always we discuss the incredible nutritional profile of this plant and deep dive into how to cook, grow and eat it. An explorative journey to help you learn more about the capsicum through the podcast.

Aug 2020

1 hr 19 min

We all love looking at sunflowers, but these beautiful flowers have a wide variety of uses. Originating in North American, the native Americans held this plant in high regard. It is also one of the most nutritious seeds you can find, blowing cashews out of the water on a nutrient density scale per calorie.    We talk all things sunflower seeds, cooking, cheese making, heliotropism and go on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these seeds through the podcast.

Aug 2020

1 hr 40 min

Cauliflower is one of the most nutritious vegetables on a calorie for calorie basis. Often overlooked it boasts a wide arrangement of vitamins and minerals that help boost many functions within the body.  As always we discuss the history of this vegetable together with the nutrition before we welcome our first guest of the podcast, Shaun Quade of Grounded Foods.    We talk all things cauliflower, plant-based cheesemaking and go on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these undervalued vegetables through the podcast.   Read More Here

Jul 2020

1 hr 50 min

You won't believe the diverse nutrition available through fennel and its different components. From the bulb to the seeds and its filigree spindles at the top of the plant. There are countless benefits to this plant and we discuss all the nutrition and history together with some incredible ways to cook with this great plant.    We talk all things fennel and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these supposed weeds through the podcast.    

Jul 2020

1 hr 28 min

Information surrounding the symbolism of pomegranates in religious association and mythology are extensive. Beliefs in its powerful properties, and its depictions in art, have abounded since prehistory. The contexts of ancient pomegranate art are religious and/or elitist. You will be surprised where the pomegranate shows up, from a painting by Botticelli to Salvador Dali's surrealism.  We talk all things pomegranate and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these multi-cultured berries through the podcast. Read More Here

Jul 2020

2 hr 3 min

Did you know that parsley was never eaten in ancient times due to it's superstitious aura?  With that said though, Parsley has an incredibly dense nutrition profile which rivals most other herbs. We talk all things Parsley and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about this phenomenal herb through the podcast.    

Jul 2020

1 hr 15 min

Can carrots actually make you see better in the dark, or was this brilliant marketing ploy that still stands to this day? Is it better to eat carrots raw or cook them to absorb the most nutrients? We talk all things carrots and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these multi-coloured vegetables through the podcast or read the key takeaways below.

Jun 2020

1 hr 51 min

Sage has a long and illustrious history both medicinally and nutritionally. With its place firmly fixed into Roman history, in the first books written on pharmacopeia.  It was used in ancient Egyptian medicine, right through the Middle Ages and into modern medicine.  With a wide variety of uses, this herb offers one of the densest arrangements of antioxidants on a gram for gram basis. It also has a special place in ritualistic history, and in modern cleansing techniques.  In this episode, you’ll learn more about Sage and become an overnight expert, with the ability to grow your own and incorporate this unique herb into your daily life. Allowing you to reap the benefits of the sage plant.  Key Takeaways History In French folklore, it is said that Four Thieves Vinegar can cure the plague.  Four Thieves Vinegar is basically a combination of rosemary, sage, mint and raw vinegar. Ancient Egyptians mostly used sage as a remedy for infertility, but it was also used in the treatment of serious diseases and epidemics like the plague. Sage is one of the few plants that can almost replace antibiotics. The use of sage as a medicine in the past often meant the difference between life and death. Nutrition & Medicinal Research published in the June 2003 issue of Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior confirms what herbalists have long known: sage is an outstanding memory enhancer. One study found that drinking 1 cup (240 ml) of sage tea twice daily significantly increased antioxidant defences. Cooking Sage can also be used to add flavour to sauces, butter, marinades, pastries, and breads. Some herbs and spices that pair well with sage include garlic, rosemary and bay leaves. Preservation methods include freezing your fresh sage leaves in ice cubes, making sage vinegar, or sage butter. Growing Sage is pretty tough once established and can tolerate dry conditions. Although, a good deep drink during summer will help keep the plant looking fresh.  Companions planting includes beans, carrot, rosemary and strawberry.  

Jun 2020

1 hr 30 min

It's a hot one this week. garlic is one of the most highly regarded medicinal vegetables in the plant kingdom, throughout multiple difference historical civilisations. From the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese and Romans. We explore the different medicinal uses throughout the history of this extraordinary vegetable and move into current times to research what science has discovered about the nutritional benefits of Garlic.  This process allows us to see how close the ancient minds were to real science and whether they were on the right track! We also talk about the best ways to cook with garlic and some of our favourite recipes. Together with the most important piece of information, that most of us are unaware of. The way to maximise the nutrition of the garlic when cooking, without losing all its powerful healing qualities.  Lastly, we tell you exactly how to grow your own garlic, from your vegetable garden or even from a pot on your balcony.  Find us on Instagram at @two.guys.one.plant.podcast and send us in your funny stories, feedback, suggestions and anything else you want to talk about. You can also find video recordings of the show and lots of other information.  Until next time, do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Jun 2020

1 hr 50 min

Avocados are one of the oldest fruits in existence. Pair that with their extraordinary nutrient-dense qualities and you have one fascinating fruit to talk about. As always we dive right into the long history of avocados, talking through their use in ancient times. Moving into the more recent history of the Hass avocado, which all stem from one single tree that only just died in 2002.  It is a fascinating journey we embark on this week and we look forward to your thoughts and experiences with avocados.  Find us on Instagram at @two.guys.one.plant.podcast and send us in your funny stories, feedback, suggestions and anything else you want to talk about. You can also find video recordings of the show and lots of other information.  Until next time, do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Jun 2020

1 hr 37 min

If you want to know literally everything about oranges, this is the podcast for you! We dive very deep into where oranges originated, being that they did not exist without the merging of two other fruits! Tim also talks in-depth about the marketing campaign that is responsible for our view of oranges and Vitamin C as we know it today.  We also talk about the nutritional profile and health benefits of oranges, covering whether orange juice is as good for you as the whole orange. Moving straight into the medicinal history, together with a passage of medical knowledge directly from 1753 in regards to the treatment of scurvy.  As always we talk about growing oranges, be that in a pot or in your garden and the best way to produce great fruit. Including what varieties are best to grow in certain condition.  Finally talking about cooking with oranges and some of our favourite recipes.  Find us on Instagram at @two.guys.one.plant.podcast and send us in your funny stories, feedback, suggestions and anything else you want to talk about. You can also find video recordings of the show and lots of other information.  Until next time, do yourself a favour and eat more plants.   

May 2020

1 hr 56 min

Welcome to the seemingly boring world of the snow pea. This little plant actually has a lot of hidden secrets and packs a big punch nutritionally.   In this episode, we discuss the brief history of the snow pea and its place in modern cultures, together with all the nutritional benefits they pack. Some may even blow your mind. We then talk the best ways to prepare and cook them, with a few recipes from different cultures. Before ending with growing tips and the best way to store them. Find us on Instagram at @two.guys.one.plant.podcast and send us in your funny stories, feedback, suggestions and anything else you want to talk about. You can also find video recordings of the show and lots of other information.  Until next time, do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

May 2020

1 hr 4 min

Crunchy Peanut Butter or Smooth? It was the first question we needed to ask when we discussed peanuts. It's divided many people, but we all have a preference.  In this episode, we discuss the weird and vast world of peanuts. Another plant which we had no idea about the cultural history of this bean or legume or nut. We find out exactly what the peanut is in this episode.  We talk crazy facts, like, the roasted seed makes an excellent coffee substitute. Or the term “peanut gallery” comes from the 19th century and peanuts have gone into outer space! Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon in 1971.  We deep dive into the history from its origins in Incan civilisation, through to its abundant use in modern society. We also discuss the many health benefits, medicinal uses in folklore throughout the world, moving straight into cooking, storing and growing them.  Find us on Instagram at @two.guys.one.plant.podcast and send us in your funny stories, feedback, suggestions and anything else you want to talk about. You can also find video recordings of the show and lots of other information.  Until next time, do yourself a favour and eat more plants.   

May 2020

1 hr 35 min

Did you know that Plums are one of the oldest fruits in the world? Taking a significant place in many cultures throughout the world, from the Australian Aborigines, with their bush tucker to China's long history with the plum. We explore the long history of the plum move on to the medicinal uses and the small fact that the plum when dried takes on a whole different form. Gotta listen for that. It's mind-blowing.  We hope you enjoy the episode, please feel free to send us your feedback at hello@messyveggies.com Until the next one, do yourself a favour and eat more plants.   

May 2020

1 hr 19 min

Broccoli is a relatively young vegetable compared to some, but it carries a lot of history and nutritional benefits, which we discuss in detail during this podcast.  Did you know that broccoli is a giant bundle of unopened flowers, or genetically speaking, broccoli is the same plant as kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and other Brassicas? Neither did we until we did our research!    As always we talk history, nutrition, medicinal, growing, storing and cooking of this delicious vegetable.    Until the next episode, do yourself a favour and eat more plants.

Apr 2020

1 hr 17 min

Five shows down and this week we look into the exciting world of the Strawberry. Many weird and wild revelations are had in this episode of the Two Guys One Plant Podcast. For instance, did you know that the Strawberry is a false fruit? We also find out that 80% of the worlds Strawberries come from one region, with that amount being over 2 billion pounds!!  As always we talk about the history of the Strawberry and where it originated, it's uses in the past for an aphrodisiac. We also talk nutrition and medicinal and all of the health benefits associated through studies on the small berry. Moving straight into how to grow these for yourself and store, and cook them.  Thanks for listening and do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Apr 2020

1 hr 13 min

In the fourth episode of Two Guys One Plant, we are exploring a herbal world. Researching the very expansive world of the herb, Thyme. We speak about the extensive history and medicinal uses for this amazing herb before getting stuck into the nutrition, growing, storing and optimal cooking for this particular herb.   Thanks for listening and do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Apr 2020

1 hr 16 min

In the third episode of Two Guys One Plant, we are venturing deep into the wondrously nutritious world of Beetroots. We get stuck into the history of the beet plant and where they originated, the nutritional and medicinal benefits. Together with how to grow them, store them and ultimately what the best way to eat them is. We also tackle some common questions about the humble beet and generally have a bit of a laugh as we discuss.  Thanks for listening and Do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Apr 2020

1 hr 7 min

In the second episode of Two Guys One Plant, we are venturing deep into the multi layered world of the Onion. We start with the same question each week is an onion a fruit or a vegetable? Then we get stuck into the history of onions and where they originated, the nutritional and medicinal benefits. Together with how to grow them, store them and ultimately what the best way to eat them is. We also tackle some common myths with onions and generally have a bit of a laugh as we discuss.  The fist ep sponsor is The Nourish Box, who you can find at www.thenourishbox.com.au and listen to the ep for a special discount to use with them. They have paused their operation currently during the COVID-19 pandemic but head to their website and check them out. Thanks for listening and Do yourself a favour and eat more plants.     

Apr 2020

1 hr 24 min

The very first episode of Two Guys One Plant, where we kick off this podcast discussing the wide world of Tomatoes. We start with the biggest question of them all. Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Then we get stuck into the history of tomatoes and where they originated, the nutritional and medicinal benefits. Together with how to grow them, store them and ultimately what the best way to eat them is. We also tackle some common myths with tomatoes and generally have a bit of a laugh as we discuss.  The fist ep sponsor is The Nourish Box, who you can find at www.thenourishbox.com.au and listen to the ep for a special discount to use with them.    Thanks for listening and Do yourself a favour and eat more plants. 

Mar 2020

1 hr 26 min