We rely on fruits and vegetables to sustain our bodies, and trees rely on us carving our initials on their trunks to teach them about love. Take a bite out of symbiosis with this Groupon.
$4 for a Day at the Redland Summer Fruit Fest ($8 Value)
On June 16 and 17, local vendors set up booths across Fruit & Spice Park to showcase local agriculture and tropical fruits. Visitors can sample rare fruits and honeys, down a plate of barbecue, or stock up on enough mangoes to weigh down a giant's birthday balloons. In addition to edible attractions, the festival includes children's activities such as pony rides, a watermelon-eating contest, and games.
Fruit & Spice Park
As you stroll across Fruit & Spice Park's grassy fields, an occasional piece of fruit falls from a neighboring tree. But it’s not an apple or a berry you can easily find in a local supermarket—rather, it may be a specimen native to the Caribbean or South America, its shape foreign to your teeth, which want so badly to bite into its juicy flesh but aren’t sure how. At Fruit & Spice Park, seasoned gardeners grow abundant specimens from tropical areas around the world, including 70 kinds of bamboo, 15 types of jackfruit trees, and edibles such as Fiji longan and jaboticaba across 37 acres.
Visitors meander freely through banana groves and African baobab trees, and they can also follow a guide during tours commencing daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. to learn more about plant species and which fruit seeds bear an uncanny likeness to Abraham Lincoln’s silhouette. Throughout strolls, guests may help themselves to any of Mother Nature’s home cooking that has naturally fallen to the ground, including mangoes, dragon fruit, and papayas, or venture to the tasting table at the entryway to sample the season’s bounty.
Park staffers also gather visitors for a range of events such as stargazing, outdoor festivals, and plant-use tutorials, where they divulge helpful information such as which plants are medicinal and how to play dead during tree attacks. During regular park hours, chefs at the Mango Café pile plates with casual fare, often using the park's own fruit and vegetables, and the gift shop lets guests bring home harvest jams and aromatic teas.
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