Pineapple Plantation

My junior year of high school, I was lucky enough to take my first plane ride to Hawaii. My family didn’t ever really go on vacation so this was HUGE! My Grandma and Grandpa Fletcher had taken many trips over the years for free based on points earned from selling fertilizer. (But just to be clear, they always paid taxes on these trips.) That trip to Hawaii was probably my grandparents’ fifth or sixth voyage to Hawaii. It was February and my mother didn’t trust her 16 year old to stay home alone and my sister was going on her college choir tour.

The trip was an amazing opportunity. We stayed on the BigIsland – Hawaii. Grandpa got us a rental car so we were able to explore the island. It was my first time seeing the ocean which was this amazing shade of crystal clear blue. Grandpa and I flew in a helicopter over the an active volcano and you could feel the heat. I got to walk across the black sands beach which is made from the volcano ash coming from up from the ocean. We also participated in a luau just outside our hotel. Then, my mother and I flew over to Oahu for a day trip. We saw places like Pearl Harbor and a famous beach on Waikiki where they filmed a lot of movies.

One of the most interesting places we visited during that day trip was the Dole Pineapple Plantation. I had no idea how long and difficult the process is to grow pineapples. I believe they told us it takes two years. And if you have ever cut a real pineapple, you know what a prickly mess they can be. But I developed a new found appreciation for the fruit and have no issues paying the price for a fresh pineapple. That said, I did learn on the History Channel that the small or weird looking ones are supposed to be sold but canned for their imperfection. Just remember that the next time you buy an unusual one on sale at the grocery store for $1.99.

Today’s recipe also comes from Price Chopper’s produce recipe rack. You might not think this is much of a recipe but I thought it was something a little different than just eating the pineapple cold and raw. The lemon juice adds just a bit of a tang.

Pineapple Skewers with Lemon Yogurt
1 fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
3 T. of fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 (6 oz.) container of low fat vanilla yogurt
toasted coconut or granola (optional)
Skewers (Metal or wooden soak water for 30 minutes)

Cut pineapple and thread on skewers. Grill over a medium heat basting with 2 T. of lemon juice, turning occasionally. In the meantime, combine yogurt, remaining lemon juice, and zest. Top with coconut if desired. Serve while pineapple is still warm.

Nutrition Facts: 65 calories, 1 g. fat, 0 saturated fat, 0 cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 160 mg potassium, 14 carbs, 1 g. fiber, 2 g. protein

Notes:

  • I did not have an skewers so I made the pineapple just laying it on my stove top grill. It worked just fine.
  • I made it without coconut. I substituted Honey Nut Cheerios for the crunch.
  • If you like fresh pineapple, purchase a pineapple de-corer. All you have to do is cut off the top and start twisting it down the pineapple. I keeps the juice inside the pineapple.
  • Looking to mix it up, maybe try grilling some strawberries with your pineapple.
  • Consider purchasing Yoplait yogurt right now. For every pink lid redeemed online and mailed it, your local Komen Affiliate will receive $.20 per yogurt lid redeemed. It’s an easy way to help provide dollars to fund breast cancer education, screening, and treatment in your community.
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