chocolate in the gardens

 

It’s about time some more chocolate research was undertaken, don’t you think? On a crazy balmy winter day this week (25 degrees mid winter – what is going on, Sydney?!), we ventured forth to the Royal Botanic Gardens to explore the new building the Calyx, which is essentially a new glasshouse and marks the gardens’ second centenary in 2016.

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And the opening exhibition is called Sweet Addiction, the botanic story of chocolate, prominently sponsored by Lindt.

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The new building is quite attractive and a bit space age

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with the most striking element inside of the southern hemisphere’s largest vertical garden. It really is beautiful and breathes such a fresh, herby scent as you walk through the exhibit.

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They have the plants frequently sprayed by mist from within and above the wall

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which is bursting with herbs, colour and flowers

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and plants  here replicating a box of chocolates.

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The Sweet Addiction exhibition charts the history of chocolate with lots of fun facts dating back from the Mayan history

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and I thought my tea consumption was excessive!

More fun facts –

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I’m sure this practice continues today – compound chocolate anyone?

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Yes, of course chocolate is a superfood, whoever doubted that?

And there are some classic quotes

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including an homage to chocoholics.

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I love the phrase “I have reconciled myself to chocolate”

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As you leave there’s a very Mardi Gras rainbow flag wall.

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Look closer and you will see it’s a gazillion Lindt balls glued to a wall

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oh and did I mention Lindt? Here’s a replica of the conche apparently invented by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879 situated as you exit via the gift shop stacked with – you guessed it, Lindt chocolates!

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Being a veteran of previous chocolate exhibitions in Switzerland, I must say I was a little underwhelmed by this one and felt it was a tad overpriced at $15 although the setting in the Royal Botanic Gardens is unbeatable.