Pineapple - Not Related to the Pine Cone!
Dole Coupons: The pineapple got its name from early explorers to the New World, who initially believed it to be similar to a pine cone. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth! The fruit was indigenous to South America, and European explorers began taking it to other geographies in the New World, primarily the Caribbean. It is thought that pineapples first appeared in Hawaii via Spanish sailors in the 1500s, but the first commercial growth of pineapple in Hawaii wasn't until 1896, and it was five years later that John Dole, having arrived in Hawaii a few years earlier, purchased 60 acres of land on the island of Oahu to cultivate pineapple.
The Hawaiian Pineapple Company, or HAAPCO, would later be reorganized as Dole Food Company, which today conducts its diversified fruit and vegetable business in over ninety countries, with 35,000 employees, and revenues of over two billion USD annually.
Dole Coupons: While in the west, pineapple is used as a consumer food and cooking ingredient, and is sold fresh, frozen, canned, as a juice, and dried; in other parts of the world, the pineapple leaf is highly prized for its used in the commercial textile business.
Dole recommends purchasing fresh pineapples that "look fresh". There is an old story that if the leaves can be easily removed, the pineapple is perfect, but Dole says this adage is not necessarily true. Avoid bruised fruit or those that have soft spots.
Dole Coupons: To use, twist off the top, cut in half, and then into quarters. Use a paring knife to remove the fruit from the shell. Dice the fruit into bite-sized pieces for consumption, or placing in a salad, desert, or as a baking ingredient.
Dole claims pineapple to be a naturally fat-free food, a great source of Vitamin C, and the only known source of bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory.