There is evidence to support that pineapples were consumed in pre-Inca times, thus indicating that pineapples are native to Central and South America.

In 1535, pineapples were brought to Spain by way of the Spanish explorers that went to America. By the 17th century, pineapples were considered to be a food of the aristocrats of the general French public. Even Louis XIV had hothouses producing pineapples!

Puerto Rico began shipping pineapples to the United States in 1860 to begin growing them in Florida. This led to pineapples being canned in the 1880’s.

By 1939, a machine called a ginaca could process 50 pineapples a day for canning purposes.

Today, Hawaii is the world’s top producers of this delectable fruit!


  • Cayenne: longer, more cylindrical with a golden skin. It has sharp leaves sprouting from a single location.
  • Red Spanish: more compact with reddish-brown skin. The leaves sprout from a variety of places in the actual fruit.
  • Sugar Loaf: this is a green variety that is extremely rare in the United States.


March through July.

How to Select

There should be no sign of greening. If the pineapple shows signs of greening, do not buy this one. The pineapple must be picked ripe or the starches will not convert to sugar. The leaves should be crisp and green with no yellow or brown spots. The skin of the pineapple should give slightly to pressure, though soft or dark spots are indications of over-ripening. The average sized pineapple weighs 2-5 pounds.


Using a plastic wrap, store the pineapple in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Nutritional Qualities

Pineapple contains fair amounts of Vitamins A and C.


Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality.

Wine Pairings



1 medium pineapple = 3 lbs. = 2 1/2 – 3 cups cubed


  • Removing Skin: Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Stand the pineapple upright and slice the skin off using a knife. Dig out any eyes left in the flesh with the tip of a vegetable peeler.
  • Coring: Remove the skin, then using a small circular cutter, stamp out the core.


Molokai Pie

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Recipe By: TJ Hill - Appetites Catered
Makes8 Servings


  • 1 1/4 cups pineapple crushed - in syrup
  • 3 ounces gelatin lemon flavored
  • 1- cup sugar
  • 1- tablespoon lemon juice fresh - strained
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 9" pie shell graham cracker


  • Bring pineapple to a boil in saucepan.
  • Add Jell-O, stir until dissolved.
  • Mix in sugar and lemon juice.
  • Cool until almost stiff.
  • Fold into whipped cream and pour into graham cracker pie shell.
  • Chill about 1 hour.

Pineapple Pilaf

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Recipe By: The Rice Council
Makes6 Servings


  • 1- tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger ground
  • 3 cups rice cooked
  • 1 8 ounce can pineapple tidbits drained


  • Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, walnuts, raisins, salt and ginger; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are tender.
  • Add rice and pineapple; stir and heat thoroughly.

Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

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Recipe By: The National Broiler Council
Makes6 Servings


  • 6 chicken breast halves skinless boneless
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger root fresh - minced
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 cup tomato seeded, chopped roma - diced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion sliced
  • 1 4 oz. can green chili drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Make pineapple salsa by mixing together in small bowl cilantro, ginger, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, tomato, pineapple, onion, chiles and lemon juice; set aside.
  • In a frying pan, place butter and melt over medium heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Saut?, turning about 6 minutes, or until light brown on all sides. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Cook about 5 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. Arrange chicken on serving platter and spoon pineapple salsa over chicken. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.


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