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Food at the Eden Project

by Eva Amsen

Eden projectI visited the Eden Project recently, after several people recommended it. I was prepared to be educated about nature and sustainability (see my Finch and Pea post), but I wasn’t expecting food to be such a big part of my visit.

The rainforest biome emphasizes the many foods that originate in the rainforest, probably to make people aware of the global importanceof this ecosystem. It might be far away, but it affects our lives. Nowhere was this more visible than in the “mayeux tapestry”, which showed the history of chocolate.

Mayeux Tapestry

Mayeux Tapestry

Coffee also got a lot of attention.

Coffee

Coffee. Chocolate. I started to realize that a lot of my favourite foods were from this climate.

There was an area about vanilla, explaining that they need to be fertilized by hand to be farmed. There was mango section. There was a Baobab smoothie bar and a banana belt.

Baobab bar

Bananas

I also learned how pineapples grow. I had never seen it before, which made me feel a bit dumb. How could I not know what they looked like on the plant?

Pineapples

The Mediterranean climate biome was even more blatantly food-themed. There was a cafe right in the biome, and the most central area was a vineyard bordering a citrus grove.

Vineyard

The storytelling session was about mangoes.

Storyteller

There was also a section with chili plants, including the very hottest chili ever. It had to be in a cage!

Chilis

After all those food-themed exhibits, luckily there was also a restaurant on site, in between the two biomes. I wasn’t that hungry because the rainforest was so warm, so I only had soup, but the rest looked good, too.

Restaurant

The fridge magnet art above was done in The Core, the on-site educational hub, which had a HUGE wall of refrigerator doors with magnets.

Fridges

For a less food-centric report from the Eden Project, see my post on The Finch and Pea.

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