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The Amazing Pineapple Food and Drink Recipes

Updated on June 16, 2014
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Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.

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

RECIPE

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.

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Learn How to Peel a Pineapple - Proper Techniques

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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.

One of My Pineapple Plant in a Vase.  It been there 6 months.
One of My Pineapple Plant in a Vase. It been there 6 months.

The Roots. It should have been planted months ago..

The Roots. It should have been planted months ago..
The Roots. It should have been planted months ago..

Look at This! A little over 1 year old, already potted.

Look at This!  A little over 1 year old, already potted.
Look at This! A little over 1 year old, already potted.

Sweet and Sour Pineapple - Serve over Rice

RECIPE

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 sauté 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.

--Mushrooms

--Zucchini

--Mini canned corn cobs

--Bean sprouts

--Broccoli

--Your favorite stir fry veggie

Pineapple Dreams

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.

Mahalo!

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When was the last time you ate a fresh pineapple?

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    • LluviaDeArte profile image

      LluviaDeArte 5 years ago

      Super Yummy and informative. We love pineapple and now that I know a bit more- I will be trying to root one up. Thank you!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I love everything with pineapples, it add flavors to a food. I love drinking pineapple juice too, it's so refreshing.

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      DebW07 5 years ago

      I love pineapples, I'm going to go out and get one today!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      Yesterday!

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      I had it about 2 weeks ago when my mom bought it from a supermarket where it is having a great sale. I love the sweetness and juiciness of fresh pineapples!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Haven't eaten a fresh pineapple for months, they are very expensive here having been shipped half way around the world.

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      Erin Mellor 5 years ago from Europe

      Had some in Lao style sticky rice last weekend, it was a great contrast to the spicy salty shrimp sauce.

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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      Two days ago. luckily we have lots of fresh pineapple here :)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Last time I ate a fresh pineapple must have been decades ago. Shame!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Last time I ate a fresh pineapple must have been decades ago. Shame!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      It's been quite a while since I had fresh pineapple. But I probably ought to. Spurred by your lens, I did a quick online search and found that, as with most natural foods, pineapple has medicinal uses. Among them is the ability to reduce inflammation (the root of many diseases).

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Gosh, now that I think about it, it was In Honolulu last year. Boy was it good. Sadly, I did not visit the Dole plantation this last visit but we did drive past thousands of acres of pineapples on our way to the North Shore and the Polynesian Village. Congrats on the retirement and many happy years of following your new heart's desires. This lens was COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      After a trip to Costco the other day, don't know how fresh it was though

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      junkcat 5 years ago

      When I was in Maui

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