The history of tea

Professor Mario Cappadoccia delivered a presentation on tea, a plant-food that has had a major impact on human culture, to an audience gathered in the Montreal Botanical Garden’s auditorium. Tea is the second most common beverage worldwide, after water. His talk is part of a series that has previously examined the role of the potato, cocoa, sugar and coffee.

A researcher in genetics at the IRBV, fascinating presenter and passionate analyst of history and art, professor Cappadocia described Europe’s discovery of tea, and in particular how the English custom of a “nice cup of tea” had catastrophic consequences for China, the tea plant’s country of origin.

After the presentation, the audience was invited to sample tea-based desserts and beverages prepared by IRBV researchers and students. The funds collected through this activity were donated to the IRBV’s Marie-Victorin Grant fund, that each year honors one of its doctoral students with an award of excellence.

This presentation will be delivered in a longer format (4 hours) on November 19 and 26, 2012, as part of the Université de Montréal’s “Belles soirées” lecture series (http://www.bellessoirees.umontreal.ca/).