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Join horticulturist and Sri Lankan native Menaka Dewasinghe for an introduction to exotic tropical fruits available at many stores in the Richmond region. Tropical fruits, known for concentrated and mouthwatering aromas and flavors, are produced by trees native to hot and humid climates or equatorial areas. Learn about ways to add more tropical fruits to your diet, including how to properly prepare raw and cooked fruit varieties, all while receiving some delicious recipes. Watch as Menaka demonstrates how to prepare some of these fruits live in class, and taste samples of the fabulous flavors in a variety of dishes. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to cook with fruits like Mango, Papaya, Durian, Rambutan, Jackfruit, Pineapple, Banana, Dragon fruit, Lychee, Guava and Mangusteen, as well as the nutritional benefits of these fruits.

Fees: Member $34, Non-Member $39

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

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Register Member $34

Register Non-Member $39

Saturday, June 29, 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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