Farms

Hali‘maile Pineapple Co.
20.8685732
-156.33944029999998
870 Haliimaile RoadMakawao
Hawaiian Crown Pineapple
21.273928
-157.82340999999997
2500 Kalakaua Ave. #2406 HonoluluOahu(808) 921-5899 Website
Hester Farms
PahalaHawai'i
Kupa‘a Organic Farms
20.7278194
-156.30812170000002
P.O. Box 569KulaMaui(808) 876-0678Website
La‘iku Organic Farm
19.5615735
-155.0661121
P. O. Box 918KurtistownHawai'i(808) 966-7361

Markets

KCC Saturday Farmers Market
21.2709554
-157.79941889999998
4303 Diamond Head RdHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Volcano Farmers' Market
19.434279
-155.22986200000003
19-4030 Wright RoadVolcanoHawai'iWebsite
Upcountry Farmers Market
20.8525374
-156.32002339999997
Kulamalu Town Center55 Kiopaa StreetPukalani/KulaMauiWebsite

Pineapple

 

Pineapple is a plant that is part of the bromeliad family, indigenous to South America, whose origin is thought to be the region between southern Brazil and Paraguay.  The large sweet, edible fruit of this plant is actually created by individual fruits of individual flowers of one plant that join together.  The name pineapple is thought to have come from its resemblance to a pine cone. It is now cultivated in tropical zones world-wide.  The Spanish introduced it via plantations to Philippines, Hawaii, Guam and Zimbabwe.  Along with the plantation systems of sugar, the pineapple plantations have shaped the agricultural landscape in Hawaii significantly.

Nutritionally, pineapple is known for its high manganese and vitamin C content.

Pineapple is grown for its flesh and juice.

Prepping and Eating Tips

– Always wash your pineapple well before preparing. Towel dry.

– The spiny crown can be removed with a twist (glove your hand or cover the crown with a towel to protect against spines).

– Rough outer skin is cut away, juicy flesh can be sliced.  The smooth core can also be eaten.

– Pineapple is mostly eaten fresh, as is, juiced or added to smoothies.

– It can also be added to soups, used as pizza as a topping, added to desserts such as pies, cakes and muffins.

– Pineapple  juice is often added to glazes for roasted or baked meats.

 

Selecting and Storing Tips

Pineapple will not ripen once it is harvested so should be eaten within 2-3 days as it bruises and damages easily.

Refrigerated it will keep for up to a week.

You can also freeze bite-sized chunks in an air tight bag for easy smoothie use.

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