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Miami summers aren’t for the tame. You either get blasted by searing rays from the sun or pelted by flash rain showers. But there is one good thing that comes from all the extreme weather: tropical fruit. Look up and you’re bound to see the trees in your neighborhood heavy with limes, mangoes, and lychees. In celebration of this bounty of fragrant, sweet, and tart fruit, the Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) is holding its annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Interactive workshops and demonstrations will teach you how to grow your own back-yard fruit grove. Local nurseries will offer baby fruit trees and plants for sale and give planting advice so you’ll be able to eat your own kumquats in no time. More than 30 local growers and vendors will be on hand selling fresh fruit, smoothies, honey, sugarcane, chocolate-covered fruit, and coco frio. A children’s area with pony rides, a petting zoo, and a watermelon-eating contest will keep the kids happy. Sample rare and exotic fruits, and learn more about them from local garden clubs and park volunteers. For instance, did you know there are more than a thousand varieties of mango? Or that lychees have been harvested since 2000 B.C.? A little knowledge is a tasty treat, indeed.
Sat., June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012


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