Learn all about your backyard fruit at the annual Tropical Fruit Festival put on by Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden Saturday. Hundreds usually attend the festival at the Mounts complex in West Palm Beach, co-sponsored by the Rare Fruit Council’s Palm Beach chapter.
Cooking demo with Susser
Along with dozens of displays of fruits, trees and fact sheets about tropical fruit gardening and cooking and preserving the fruits, Chef Allen Susser of Miami will give cooking demos at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. using tropical fruits.
Susser’s, a James Beard award winner, is one of the original “Mango Gang” chefs who got their name by using Florida’s bountiful gardens of tropical fruits. Susser focused on mangoes, and wrote a guide book called The Great Mango Book: A Guide with Recipes.
Tropical fruit know-how from Gene Joyner
Retired horticulturist Gene Joyner also will be on hand with a fruit display. Those who’ve toured Joyner’s “Amazing Acre” – his backyard planted with hundreds of tropical fruits and plants, know his reputation as an expert on the methods of growing tropicals in finicky South Florida.
A lecture on “Fruitscaping” – landscaping with tropical edibles, will be given by Dr. Jonathan Crane.
It’s a chance to meet growers and master gardeners, as well, and bring questions about growing fruits and edibles in the backyard.
Don’t miss the Garden’s Gift Shop – there are numerous cookbooks for sale here that teach the use of tropicals in the kitchen.
Tropical Fruit Festival
- Mounts Botanical Gardens, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 25
- 561-233-1757; mounts.org
- Cooking demos, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; fruit tree sales, lectures, live music and tastings all day.
- Cost: Free for Mounts members; $5 for general public.