Ever wondered how spices and other ingredients ended up in Mauritius to shape the local cuisine? If yes, it’s high time you hear the tales of Pierre Poivre, an Explorer from Lyon, France who played a huge role in the introduction of numerous utilitarian plants in Mauritius. As both a lover of Botany and a humanist, Poivre braved a thousand perils to tickle our taste buds, leaving his mark on the History of the island. Read on to learn more about how the Blue Penny Museum plans to celebrate his contribution this month!
This year marks the tercentenary of the birth of Philosopher and Scientist Pierre Poivre, a Historical Figure, known to few. On this occasion, a FREE exhibition will be held by the Royal Society of Arts and Science and the SSR Botanic Garden of Pamplemousses at the Blue Penny Museum until the 26th of October 2019.
Pierre Poivre dedicated his entire life to collecting and raising utilitarian plants during the French colonial period. This exhibition will aim to show the importance of the useful plants he discovered centuries ago and brought all the way from Indonesia to develop the Mauritian Agriculture - Get ready to dive in the richness of flavors that exist in our world.
An educational and insightful immersion into Mauritian History
The first 4 chapters of the exhibition will be presented in the form of a giant comic book, which will tell the adventures of this explorer to the public. From his Boat trips, confrontations, dangers, explorations to failures and successes, the event will be centered around on the French botanist’s adventures in Mauritius and elsewhere.
The exhibition will also highlight the 250 years of the first environmental protection laws coined by Pierre Poivre.
A special Kid’s event will put forward a small animated film corner along with giant coloring activities. In addition, a workshop of small dyers will also allow them to try dyeing plants, a fun and educational activity young ones can indulge in.
Pierre Poivre and the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden
You’ve probably heard of the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden. This far-famed garden covering an area of 37 hectares is the ideal place for tourists and Mauritians. In 1770, Pierre Poivre, intendant of the Ile de France, which was later renamed Mauritius, bought the property Mon Plaisir de la Bourdonnais, where he created what is now known as The Botanical Garden of Pamplemousse.
He is known for introducing plant species from around the world such as clove trees, nutmeg, bay leaves, and many others. This serene garden later retained the name of famous botanist due to his extensive contribution to developing the Garden which is often considered as one of the most beautiful spots of the island.
The museum is open from Monday to 10 am to 4:30 pm. A free entrance is available to the general public from 30th August to 26th October. Well it seems that you can go to the conquest of Pierre Poivre an explorer and zest lover!