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Join Assistant Horticulturist and Sri Lankan native Menaka Dewasinghe for an introduction to tropical spices. Learn how spices like cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, turmeric, curry leaf, tamarind, bay leaves and more are used for preservation, seasoning and daily cooking with focus on the traditions Meneka learned while growing up in Sri Lanka. Menaka will provide a cooking demonstration that shows you how to create your own curry blend at home and how to create your own chai using tropical spices. Participants will enjoy a sample of the deliciously fragrant chai and take home their own container of freshly blended curry powder.

All programs are subject to change.

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Register Non-Member $35

Saturday, October 14, 2023
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. Currently Menaka works as an Assistant Horticulturist serving the Conservatory Greenhouse and the Central Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.