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Tropical fruits are produced by trees native to hot and humid climates or equatorial areas and are known for concentrated and mouthwatering aromas and flavors. Join Assistant Horticulturist Menaka Dewasinghe as she introduces you to the tropical fruits available for purchase around the Richmond region. Learn about ways to add more tropical fruits to your diet, how to consume and prepare raw fruits along with how to cook tropical fruits, all while receiving some delicious recipes. Watch as Menaka demonstrates how to prepare some of these fruits, and sample some of the flavors. Discuss the benefits and nutritional values of specific tropical fruits like Mango, Papaya, Durian, Rambutan, Jackfruit, Pineapple, Banana, Dragon fruit, Lychee, Guava and Mangusteen.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly encouraged for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

All programs are subject to change.

Register Member $55

Register Non-Member $61

Saturday, June 24, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tropical Food Plants: FruitAbout 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.