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Ten sweet facts about pineapples


Hawaii News Digest, 10 November 2017, 1645 UTC, Post #15942.


Accessed on 10 November 2017, 1645 UTC.

Author:  Roberts Hawaii.

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Sliced, chilled pineapple is one of my favorite treats, especially when our Hawaii Island weather turns muggy, voggy, hot, and humid.  Pineapples make a great dessert, light snack, or tasty garnish to a salad or after dinner drink.  Plus, pineapples add many vitamins and minerals to your diet.

Here are some delicious facts about this prickly fruit that you may not know.  Thanks to Roberts Hawaii for the tip:

  • The scientific name for pineapple is ‘ananas comosus’ – which translates to ‘tufted excellent fruit’ in Tupi, the pineapple’s native language of Brazil.
  • It takes almost three years for a single pineapple to mature into a ripe fruit from a seed.
  • Contrary to common belief, pineapples do not grow on a tree or underground. The pineapple fruit actually grows above ground on top of a bush of spiky leaves.
  • Pineapples don’t mature after they’ve been harvested. So if you’ve picked a pineapple and are waiting for it ‘ripen’ the chances are it will spoil instead.
  • The Hawaiian Pineapple Company was started in 1900 by James Dole, who came to be known as ‘The Pineapple King.’ His company was later renamed Dole Foods and is now an international fruit company with business in more than 90 countries.
  • Today, a majority of pineapples are grown and harvested in Costa Rica.
  • In the Hawaiian language, pineapples are referred to as ‘hala kahiki’ or foreign hala. ‘Hala’ is another type of fruit, which closely resembles a pineapple.
  • The last pineapple cannery in Hawaii, Del Monte, closed its factory in 2006. However, pineapples are still grown locally throughout the state, including at Dole Plantation, which is a stop on our Grand Circle Island Tour.
  • Pineapples can be cultivated for up to 50 years in the wild, but are harvested on plantations after only one ‘season.’ In Hawaii, pineapples are grown year-round but harvesting season typically takes place between March and July.
  • A pineapple is actually not an apple or a pine – it’s a berry!

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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