Pineapple! Of course I have a bias toward the wonderful pineapple. After all, my first book of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club is entitled Pineapples in Peril.
Do you like my Pineapple Glasses??? I plan to wear these cuties when I am a guest instructor at kid's summer and holiday camps. 'Course I guess I need to get a publishing contract first, huh? Working on it!!
|Cheryl's Pineapple Glasses--Waaaaay Cool, Dude!|
The pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay, introduced by the Spanish in the early 19th century. Remember how I mentioned the Hawaiian native fruit, Hala, in an earlier post? The Hawaiians who first saw the pineapple noticed how it resembled their native Hala, so they gave it the name, Halakahiki, which means Foreign Hala.
Did you know a pineapple is not a single fruit, but many berries all pressed together? Another interesting fact (one that I mention in my book) is that it takes eighteen months to grow a mature pineapple.
There are three types of pineapples found in Hawaii: Smooth Cayenne, Hilo, and Kona Sugarloaf. The Smooth Cayenne is what we generally find in the grocery store and the Hilo is a Hawaiian variant of the Smooth Cayenne. The Kona Sugarloaf has no woodiness in the center of the fruit and can be found on the Big Island (Hawaii) in farmers’ markets.
|Me, Ian, Ashley, and Shane at Dole Plantation|
Here’s a photo of me and my kids scarfing down some pineapple sorbet and fresh pineapple at the Dole Plantation on Oahu. James Dole started his first plantation in Wahiawa in 1900. The Maui Pineapple Company, Hawaii’s biggest producer started on Maui in 1909. Del Monte began on Oahu in 1917.
If you missed any of my series on Hawaiian Fruit, check my posts beginning August 1.
And I’ll be sure to announce when I finally get a publishing contract for Pineapples in Peril, Book One of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club!
Mahalo for visiting!