As the current series of Food Unwrapped continues Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt continue to travel the globe to uncover more unusual, intriguing and surprising secrets behind the food we eat.
In episode 3 Kate investigates eucalyptus. It’s found in throat lozenges and chewing gum, but what exactly is it, where does it come from, and why is it so good at clearing the airwaves? In Australia, Kate meets one of the world’s cutest animals: the koala, raised from birth on a diet of eucalyptus. Kate finds out that eucalyptus is highly toxic, but a local farmer shows her the clever way it’s made safe for human consumption.
Jimmy’s puzzling over pickles. Most pickled goods contain vinegar, but pickled cabbage – or sauerkraut – has no vinegar at all, despite tasting decidedly vinegary. So what’s going on? To find out, Jimmy visits a very chilly Poland, the home of sauerkraut, before learning about a remarkable new use for sauerkraut juice in a French power station.
And Matt gets some definitive answers on a thorny topic that has been the subject of many a heated debate, not least in the Tebbutt household! To fridge or not to fridge? Should coffee, tomatoes, potatoes or even red wine be kept in the fridge, or maybe outside? Household harmony across the land depends on the answer…
Executive Producers: Nicola Pointer
Series Editor: Sandy Watson
Production Company: Ricochet
Food Unwrapped Episode 3 airs on Monday 23 January 2017 from 8.30pm-9.00pm on Channel 4