Fruit & Spice Park
The Preston B. Bird/ Mary Heinlein, Fruit & Spice Park is the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The unique 37-acre public facility is owned and operated by the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Open Spaces. Located in South Florida.The Park's tropical climate can be found nowhere else in the continental U.S. and hosts over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts, and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world. The Park showcases 150 varieties of mango, 75 varieties of bananas, 70 bamboo varieties, and numerous other exotic edibles. Visitors are invited to munch at our tasting counter inside our Park Store or enjoy lunch at the Mango Cafe.
- To promote tropical fruits, spices & herb gardening unique to a subtropical environment. To exhibit, evaluate and recommend tree and plant material suitable for home, commercial and public landscapes. To offer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about the science, techniques and joys of successful gardening and landscaping, while being financially sustainable, and increasing cost recovery operational costs.
Fruit & Spice Park will become the leading authority on tropical fruit trees, spices, herbs and gardens in Southern Florida. By establishing high quality programs, classes, and special events we will inspire, educate and promote the value of gardening in our society. Fruit and Spice Park will provide solutions to ethno botanical issues allowing our community to improve their quality of life, by enhancing the environment in which they live. In completing the parks’ master plan we will provide an all around experience for our community to include: entertainment, education, garden enhancement and beautification. Fruit and Spice Park will maintain the grounds and facilities to the highest of standards. Patrons will have an extraordinary experience and our community will have the greatest pride in our presence.
Did you know?
That the Miracle Fruit is an exotic berry that when eaten it increases the perceived sweetness of foods. So if you eat a miracle fruit and bite into a lime wedge, it will taste sweet! Anything sour will taste sweet for up to two hours.
Banana salsa & Chips
2 cups Banana, sliced • ¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced • ¼ cup Yellow Bell Pepper, diced • 2 Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced • 1 Lime • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar • Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients: adjust seasoning to taste. Prepare a least one hour in advance and keep chilled. Use less jalapeno pepper if it is too hot! Serve with tortilla chips.
Currently in Season are the the following fruits and vegetables:
- Black Sapotes