The story of the pineapple is one of exploration, fashion, exclusivity, gardening technology, colonization, subjugation of people, trade, and global marketing; and it is all discussed in this podcast.
Someone, maybe one of my kids (?), told me to never use the pineapple emoji. Apparently it represents some sort of sex thing, not sure which exactly.
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Nice! It’s a 3 year cycle for us in Florida. It’s fun to grow the little buggars.
Pineapples are also very acidic. When I was a child living in Hawaii there were roadside stands by the pineapple fields. Very fresh and tasty. However, you did not want to eat any if you cuts or sores on your lips.
Also, the bromelain enzyme can be harsh on your skin, too: this enzyme is so strong that pineapple processors have to wear gloves and masks since the juice will eventually eat away at the hands and face. When cutting up lots of pineapples, it isn’t uncommon to come away with dry, flaky skin or even small sores.
It’s not just skin. If you want really tender steaks, marinate them in pineapple. The enzymes start breaking down the meat, making it more tender. But don’t over do it. It works best on tougher cuts of meat, since they need a bit of tenderizing. It can be too much for cuts that are already pretty tender.
Yep - that’s the natural way to do it. When I was a kid, we used Adolph’s meat tenderizer, which was basically a salt form of the key pineapple enzyme.
Papaya is one of my favorite breakfast foods, pineapples not so much, sour and messy to peel. In north eastern Venezuela there are some very sweet and juicy pineapples much like the kind from Guiana. Legend has it that the Dole family stole pineapples from Guiana to plant in Hawaii. In Portugal we get Formosa papayas from Brazil and smaller ones from elsewhere.
When peeling pineapples, don’t throw away the trimmings, you can make fermented juice, guarapo de piña, from them.