Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:15

A top tea expert has shared his knowledge with visitors to the Eden Project’s Festival of Food today (September 22).

Sebastian Pole from Pukka Herbs gave a masterclass on the herbs used in their teas and supplements, as well as giving Eden visitors the opportunity to sample some of their brews.

Sebastian, the co-founder and master herbsmith of Pukka Herbs, was visiting as part of a wider partnership with Eden, which has seen a number of herb and tea-themed exhibits open at Eden.

Pukka, which is based in Bristol, has a unique range of organic herbal remedies and award-winning teas, which are based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda – “the art of living wisely”.

The Tea Box is situated by the entrance to Eden’s link building and offers visitors the opportunity to taste herbal brews and play interactive games.

The exhibit is stocked with jars stuffed with the beautifully aromatic herbs that go into Pukka teas. At various times throughout the day, Eden brews up samples of Pukka's 37 herbal blends for visitors to taste while learning about the plants that provide them with their flavours.

The Box contains a display that will help people decide which herbal tea best suits their mood as well as scented tea-strainers. There is also a nearby bed planted with more than a hundred species of herbs.

Pukka and Eden have also collaborated on an exhibit of tropical spice plants in the Rainforest Biome and have created a herb trail, which challenges visitors to find 12 key herb plants located across the Eden site.

Tracey Smith, Eden’s Commercial Manager, said: “It was great to welcome Sebastian to Eden today and I think everyone came away from their talk understanding more about herbs and the art of making great tea blends.

“We’re really excited to be working with Pukka. Like us, they have a passion for plants and together we hope to give Eden visitors a better understanding of the wonderful world of herbs. The Tea Box is a great addition to Eden and has been brilliantly received by our visitors.”

Sebastian said: “We love Eden’s vision for the connection between people and plants and it’s what Pukka is all about as well. Eden is an amazing place, it really takes your breath away.”

Eden’s Festival of Food continues until Sunday (September 27). Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor for Pukka, is due to give a talk on the medicinal qualities of herbs on Thursday (September 24).

Also on the schedule for the remainder of the programme are Jean Christophe-Novelli (tomorrow), Phil Vickery (Friday September 25), Paolo Arrigo of Franchi Seeds (Saturday September 26) and Ken Hom (Saturday September 27).

All talks are included in the standard Eden Project admission price. For more information, see