(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Fruit & Spice Park is a tropical paradise that grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world. In addition to its daily guided tours and special events, the Fruit & Spice Park offers a variety of specialty classes and workshops throughout the year. The Fruit & Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue in Homestead.
The following classes and workshops are being offered in July, August and September 2012 at the Fruit & Spice Park:
ICE CREAM FROM TROPICAL FRUIT
THE ANNONAS: NATURES' TROPICAL PUDDING
Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Cost: $25; Instructor: Charlotte Gomez from the West Palm Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council
Learn how to make fruit ice cream at home. Items covered will include: selecting the best fruit, storing fruit for later use, storing ice cream and recipes from single and multiple fruit sources. Samples will be given.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Cost: $15; Instructor: Noel Ramos
Find out how to grow and enjoy this sweet & creamy fruit! Noel Ramos is an expert on the tropical custard apple family of fruits.
VEGETABLE GARDENING IN YOUR YARD
GROWING TROPICAL FRUITS WITHOUT PESTICIDES
Saturday, September 8, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Cost: $25; Instructor: Chris Rollins
This workshop will provide you with everything you need to know to begin a successful raised vegetable garden.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $25; Instructors: Chris Rollins
Learn how to grow the tropical fruits that are naturally suited for the South Florida environment.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Cost: $40; Instructor: Chris Rollins
Discover the methods utilized in producing fruit trees: how to plant seed, air layer, root cuttings and graft. Participants receive a tree to graft and take home. All materials supplied.
COOKING WITH JACKFRUIT
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $15; Instructor: Laura Mani
Sample different Jackfruits and learn how to grow and how to use the exotic giant fruits! Seedling jackfruit will be given to participants and recipes will also be distributed.
For more information, or to register for a class or workshop, please visit Fruit and Spice Park or call 305-247-5727.
About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.
To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.