Episode 40: Frankincense, Myrrh and Mistletoe (part one)


In the story of the baby Jesus, the Magi brought three gifts to the newborn: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The last two are plant products harvested from trees found in the Middle East. Daniel offers a brief overview of these two important trees.

The hardened, resinous sap of the frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra) via wikimedia commons

The holiday season is replete with stories and traditions involving plants. One such plant is mistletoe. Casey introduces us to this fascinating group of parasitic plants. It’s all bad news in this one, but Casey assures us that mistletoe will be redeemed in part two.

European mistletoe (Viscum album) via wikimedia commons


This episode aired on Radio Boise in December 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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