Pineapples

January 8th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.

Though most commonly associated with Hawaii (or perhaps the Polynesian islands), the pineapple is actually native to the regions of South America that now make up Brazil & Paraguay. Spanish explorers are said to have brought the pineapple from the New World to the Old World. Europeans began cultivating pineapples in greenhouses as early as the 17th century. This tropical native eventually made its way to the Philippines, whose tropical climate is ideal for cultivating this sweet-tart fruit. Today, that country is the world's largest pineapple growing region.

Chief among the reasons for our Pineapple enthusiasm is its versatility. With its skin still intact, the Pineapple is a fabulous decorative fruit. Pop one in a fruit bowl and that assortment becomes infinitely more interesting. Once peeled, you can really unlock the Pineapple's potential. Core it and slice it into rounds, spears or chunks. Serve those assorted shapes and sizes alone, in a fruit salad, blended with yogurt, or in a smoothie. And pineapple is one of those fruits that's delicious cooked. Go ahead and grill or broil those pineapple pieces. And of course, you can add them to pizza -- add some Canadian bacon and, voila -- a plain cheese pie transforms to the curiously-named Hawaiian pizza.

We're selling large Pineapples from Costa Rica for $2.99 each. In the grocery business, these are called "5-count" Pineapples because you can fit five in a single box. They're delightfully sweet, really good-sized Pineapples. You won't be disappointed. You'll find them in our fresh produce section.

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