June 24, 2017 Taste of the Tropics

Descriptions of tropical fruit can never give a full picture. Only by tasting it yourself can you experience the amazing variety of tropical fruit. If you don’t like mangoes because you have only eaten them from the supermarket, you are in for a pleasant surprise (why is that?). Apples and oranges are great, but there is so much more to be experienced. Living in south and central Florida gives the opportunity to grow the best varieties in your own yard of rare fruit you will never see in the store, or which are never at their best when grown by industrial farming.

Our annual Taste of the Tropics & Plant Sale will be held at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden, on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. After guests taste the fruit, they will have a chance to buy their favorite tree from club member and past president Mike Luciano of Trees n More, just outside to the north of the building. Several other vendors will also be there around the colonnade. Meletta Luciano will be covering the Martin Co. Master Gardener’s plant sale that day, so no tropical fruit wine demo and auction.

I have been asked to hold a tropical fruit workshop during the event. So: presented by Larry Zimmerman, president of the Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club. The topic is selecting, planting, caring for and eating tropical fruit. It will start at 9:00 AM. Registration (free for PSL Botanical Garden members) for the workshop is required. (call the Garden contact info).

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