If I could only have one fruit for the rest of my life, it would be the mango. With hundreds of varieties and at least a 100 types on sale during the festival, the mango offers so many flavors that I somehow can't appreciate in apples and oranges. During the festival, you can sample mango cheesecake and key lime pies, mango salsas, and so much more. You can learn how to create your own variety during one of the seminars or buy a tree for your yard. Pictured are just a sampling of the mangos for sale. I picked up a Zill, Lucille, Keitt, Kent, and yes, a Tebow.
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Schnebly Winery at the Mango Festival
While at the Mango Festival, I had the sudden urge to indulge in some wine. Now, I will admit I've been deprived of wine in the last couple of months so this was an absolute treat. I knew about Schnebly's from a previous segment on the news but never had the chance to drive down to Homestead for a visit. Pictured here is their brilliant guava wine. I don't always enjoy sweet wines but on a hot summer day and nicely chilled, I loved it. I also bought a coconut wine (not as sweet) and since it was Mango Festival, mango wine. Yummy.
Miami’s Fairchild Botanical Garden has one of the best butterfly gardens I’ve seen – plenty of space for them to fly and plenty of plants to amuse them and the humans. They’ve even included several pairs of humming birds for extra flutter. We were lucky to enjoy a release of more species; this one took a while to get used to the surroundings but gave us such a great shot while it did!