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Join horticulturist and Sri Lankan native Menaka Dewasinghe for an exploration of all things coconut! This tropical fruit (which is actually a drupe, not a nut) is an important food source, substitute ingredient in a variety of recipes, and cash crop in the tropics as well as having anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties in different forms. Learn more about how to incorporate more of this delicious, high-fiber fruit in your diet through live cooking demonstrations that showcase a variety of methods. Sample an assortment of dishes that incorporate coconut including curry, side dishes, and desserts using shredded coconut, coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut milk. With over 1,300 different types of coconut in the world, Menaka will provide tips on the best places to source coconuts and coconut products in the Richmond region.

Fees: Member $30, Non-Member $35

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

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Register Member $30

Register Non-Member $35

Saturday, August 3, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Details

Tropical Food Plant: Fruit with Menaka DewasingheAbout the instructor

Menaka Dewasinghe was born in the tropical natural environment of Sri Lanka and lived there 34 years before moving to Virginia. She worked with farmers and the agricultural sector, including the Department of Agriculture in Sri Lanka, for twelve years after receiving a Diploma in Agriculture and Master’s degree in Horticulture from the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Currently Menaka works as an Assistant Horticulturist serving the Conservatory Greenhouse and the Central Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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