A long wooden table packed with a variety of dried herbs, roots, fruits, bark, and other plant parts, with bottles of red and yellow beverages visible behind.

Rooted in Culture and Nature: Jamaican Root Tonics in
New York City

Friday, August 27, 2021

Online | 11 a.m.

A presentation by Makalé Faber Cullen with a special introduction by Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D.

Grounded in Jamaica’s rich botanical diversity, full-flavored, fermented root tonics provide nourishment, health, and a sense of identity and tradition. In yards, roadsides, and storefronts across the Caribbean island of Jamaica and in communities of the Jamaican Diaspora in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, these centuries-old artisanal beverages showcase traditional knowledge, unique island biodiversity, well-being, and resilience.

Co-presented by NYBG’s Humanities Institute and the Institute for Economic Botany, this is the first of several workshops that explore the relationship of food and beverage to culture and identity in the Bronx, part of the Garden’s new Foodways Initiative. This webinar incorporates ethnobotany research conducted in collaboration with Jamaican New Yorkers by NYBG ethnobotanist Dr. Ina Vandebroek and Mellon Summer Research Fellow Makalé Faber Cullen.

A recording of this presentation will be archived and shared online in the NYBG Lecture Library.