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The Amazing Pineapple Food and Drink Recipes
You don't have to live in the tropics to have amazing pineapples
The Amazing Pineapple Food and Drink Recipes. I spent several summers enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle and enjoyed the wonderful taste of food and beauty of the amazing pineapple. I was amazed and fascinated by the pineapple not only the fruit but the plant itself. Being a vegetarian I eat lots of fruit and of course never having such an abundance of pineapple available to me, I ate pineapples until my mouth hurt so badly from the acid I couldn't eat one for days. I never tasted a truly fresh pineapple and soon discovered that the ones I purchased before were not fresh or the best quality.
I soon discovered how pineapples were grown and how they were picked. I didn't realize that the best pineapple never made it to the mainland. I went to a pineapple plantation and discovered how they were grown and planted. I found out that the first ones that grow on a plant were small and very sweet. Because of their sweetness they can not be shipped, due to quick spoilage of the fruit. The sequential growths on a bush are larger, less sweet and take longer to ripen. Depending on what part of the country the fruit is sent will depend on which of the growth is sent. Each of the picks ate larger and less sweet and less tender.
Simple Pineapple - Low Calorie Natural Beverage
1 glass cold bottled or filtered water
1/3 cup fresh pineapple chunks
Fill glass with water add fresh pineapple chunk stir. Add ice and garnish if desired.
Learn How to Peel a Pineapple - Proper Techniques
Do you eat FRESH Pineapple?
How many times a year do you eat fresh pineapple?
Grow Your Own Pineapple Plant - Don't throw the top away!
Growing a pineapple from the top portion of the fruit is as simple as watering a plant. If you enjoy plants in your home. I know I do. You'll love having a pineapple plant you cultivated yourself.
1. Cut off the top leaf portion of your pineapple close to the leaves. It's OK if it's not that close! Fill a cup, glass, or hole-free planter with about 1 inch of water.
2. Place the freshly cut leaf section into the water set near a window if you can. ( If you have a cat, she will probably chew it)
3. Keep the water level at about 1 inch. When the water gets smelly replace it and pull off any rotted portions of the plant. You will need to do this until you see enough roots to transplant it into a potting soil filled container.
4. Once you have transferred the plant into soil, keep it moist.
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I live in a region that is warm most of the year. I place these plants outdoors in their pot all summer or as soon as it gets warm. Since, I vacation a lot during that time I leave them their during the entire warm season. Mother nature keeps them watered for me, they have even survived during some hurricanes.
Each Fall I bring them back into the house and discover that they have grown 2-3 time larger than they were the year before.
Good Luck! This is an easy cheap green way to recycle your pineapple and maybe you will get lucky an get a pineapple in the process. I know I have grown some small ones in the past few years.
One of My Pineapple Plant in a Vase. It been there 6 months.
The Roots. It should have been planted months ago..
Look at This! A little over 1 year old, already potted.
Sweet and Sour Pineapple - Serve over Rice
1 fresh pineapple peeled and chunked
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoon or agave syrup
1 cup of water
4 tsps. corn starch or other thickener
Optional: You can add onions, garlic, pepper, and carrots, if you desire. Add while cooking pineapple. Season with coriander (cilantro)
Lightly sautÃ© the pineapple in olive oil until lightly cooked.. I should have a few browned areas, turn to warm.. Mix all of the liquid ingredients together, then pour in thickener and stir out lumps. Pour mixture with one hand while stirring with the other to prevent clumping, turn up the heat-keep stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and serve over cooked rice.
You may also add:
-- A couple of drops of yellow food color and 1 drop of red to make an orange colored sauce.
--Mini canned corn cobs
--Your favorite stir fry veggie
Sweet pineapple dreams. I dream of the time when I can go back to the pineapple plantations of Maui. Smell the scent of the sweet fruit as you pass them with the windows rolled down in the car. Remember the August air filled with the burning off of old pineapple foliage as it penetrates every nook of the beautiful island. Remembering my special summers experiencing the culture and traditions of the new friends I made.
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