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The Botany of Indulgence: The Temptation of Chocolate

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The Botany of Indulgence: The Temptation of Chocolate

Time: February 11, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: NYBG Midtown Center, 3rd fl
Street: 20 West 44th Street
City/Town: NYC
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Event Type: education, tasting
Created By: New York Botanical Garden
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2012

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Cacao (Theobroma cacao) has been used for centuries as a beverage and as the delicacy we know as chocolate. From pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec cultures that used cacao seeds ceremonially and as currency to European chocolate houses and the mass-produced commercial products of today, chocolate has a long, storied past. Learn the natural history of cacao and its many current and historic uses as well as the sustainable way of producing chocolate. Discover the neurobiology of theobromine, the active ingredient of cacao that is responsible for the feeling of "being in love" after consuming it. Sample several varieties and forms of cacao.

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