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Edible Root Crops

Join horticulturist and Sri Lankan native Menaka Dewasinghe for an introduction to tropical edible root crops. Learn how roots and tubers like Purple Yam (Dioscorea alata), Yuca/Cassava (Manihot esculenta), Taro yam/Kiri ala (Alocassia spp), Lotus yam, Chinese potato/Innala, Sweet potato and more are important cultivated staple energy sources in tropical regions in the world. They play an important role in food security, nutrition and climate change adaptation. With a focus on the traditions Menaka learned while growing up in Sri Lanka, she will provide a cooking demonstration showcasing different cooking methods for these vegetables and students will have the opportunity to sample a variety of curries, porridges and sides featuring the roots and leaves of these fascinating plants.

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, January 20, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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. Recently, Menaka worked as an Assistant Horticulturist serving the Conservatory Greenhouse and the Central Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.