$4 for the Redland Heritage Festival on January 12 and 13 at Fruit & Spice Park ($8 Value)

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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 One Ticket to the Redland Heritage Festival ($8 Value)

On January 12 and 13, local vendors set up booths across Fruit & Spice Park to celebrate the annual festival, which has taken place since 1976. Families can enjoy a variety of all-ages activities, gaze at tropical plants, and sample the food. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Rates fluctuate depending on age.

Fruit and Spice Park

As you stroll across Fruit and 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 and 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 39 acres.

Visitors meander freely through banana groves and African baobab trees, and they can also follow a guide during tours 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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In a Nutshell

Local vendors display tropical plants and local arts; petting zoo, pony rides, historical exhibits, and reptile show

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Expires Jan 14th, 2013. May buy multiples. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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