Why Start With Pineapple?

Why Start With Pineapple?

First and foremost, we want to use locally grown products.  We’re settled in the middle of the pineapple fields with access to the best pineapple.  So it’s an obvious choice!  The extra sweet Maui pineapple gives us a great start for fermentation.

Pineapple_sliced Pineapples grown in Maui have the benefit of warm sunny days, cool nights, fresh water and volcanic soil.  Hawaiian pineapple takes 18 months to grow, but are only ripe in the field for 2-3 days.  It is essential that the pineapples are picked at the perfect time because pineapples will not continue to ripen once they are picked.  We only use pineapples that are picked at the optimal stage of ripeness.

Pineapple – The Welcome Symbol

Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Europe as one of the exotic prizes of the New World. In later centuries, sailors brought the pineapple home to New England, where a fresh pineapple displayed on the porch meant that the sailor was home from foreign ports and ready to welcome visitors.

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Facts

  • Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, Spanish advisor to King Kamehameha, introduced the fruit to Hawaiians in 1813
  • Anana is the original name of the pineapple, which means “excellent fruit” in the native Caribbean language
  • The pineapple was given its English name for its resemblance to a pine cone
  • John Kidwell, an English Captain, started the first large-scale commercial plantation of pineapples in Hawaii in 1885
  • Pineapple cultivation began on the island of Maui in 1909
  • Hawaiian pineapple plantations produce almost a third of the world’s crop and supply about 60 percent of canned pineapple products
  • Pineapples are grown year-round in Hawaii
  • Hawaii is the only U.S. State currently growing pineapple