Intrigue For Monday's Show: Mystery Powders

Mar 30, 2012
Originally published on March 30, 2012 5:25 am



And today's last word in business is, can you eat that?

You've heard of mystery meats, right? Well, how about mystery powders - courtesy of the ever-innovative food industry?

NPR science correspondent Allison Aubrey asked me to come up and have a sneak peek at what she's cooking up for Monday's MORNING EDITION.


GREENE: Allison Aubrey, you always get me into trouble somehow. Why am I up here at your desk?

ALLISON AUBREY, BYLINE: Anything standing out here?

GREENE: Uh - I mean, there's a collection of little, tiny bowls with different colored powders in them. I guess that's what I'm seeing...

AUBREY: And what do you think those are?

GREENE: I don't know.

AUBREY: You want a hint?

GREENE: I would - that would help.

AUBREY: Stuff that goes into food.


AUBREY: Food ingredients.

GREENE: OK. So I see - like, some of it looks like salt; a little, tiny glass bowl of flour, maybe; some blue powder; some pink powder.

AUBREY: Oh, you're getting hot. You're getting hot.

GREENE: Some - and you have – you have one little bowl with just a piece of paper with a question mark.

AUBREY: Oh, gosh. Doesn't that make you curious to know?

GREENE: It totally does. Yeah. Can you lift it up and show me what's inside?


GREENE: Nothing.


GREENE: Is that like - that's going to be the mystery ingredient to some recipe?

AUBREY: This is the puzzle: What are these things?

GREENE: I hope you're not going to tell me that - like, the lovely, healthy chicken sandwich that I ate yesterday actually has a little bit of all of this stuff.

AUBREY: You're just going to have to listen on Monday.

GREENE: Well, this will be fun.

AUBREY: All right. Well...

GREENE: You've made me curious. I'm going to be, you know, really interested to see what you have to tell us on Monday.

AUBREY: Excellent. And, you know, I hope these hints were enough just to sort of whet your appetite.

GREENE: My appetite is whetted.

AUBREY: Excellent.


GREENE: And Renee, I don't know what, exactly, we'll be tasting on Monday. But Allison Aubrey is going to have the answers to this culinary mystery.


And she'll be having them, of course, on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.