For its next “Baking in Historic Places” adventure, Dade Heritage Trust is heading to one of South Florida’s local tropical wonders, Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead, to make summertime fruit tarts on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, colloquially known as Fruit & Spice Park, is a 37-acre county park that boasts a tropical climate that that can be found nowhere else in the continental U.S.
The park is home to over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts, and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world. But for many in South Florida, it’ i the park’s 150 varieties of mango, 75 varieties of bananas, 70 bamboo varieties, and numerous other exotic edibles that are the biggest draw.
“We’re excited to take ‘Baking in Historic Places’ to Fruit & Spice Park, which is the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States,” said Chris Rupp, Dade Heritage Trust executive director. “We’ll be baking fruit tarts in one of the park’s historic buildings, a coral rock structure that was a built in 1913 and housed a laboratory for citrus canker research.”
The event will include a continental breakfast, as well as all of the ingredients needed to make delicious fruit tarts — with fruits from Fruit & Spice Park’s very own crop.
The three-hour event, which includes a guided tour of the park, starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead. Tickets are $25 for Dade Heritage Trust members and $30 for non-members. Advance tickets are available at https://dadeheritagetrust.org/event/baking-in-historic-places-5-4-2/.
Space is limited. To learn more about Dade Heritage Trust call 305-358-9572 or visit dadeheritagetrust.org.