Pineapples... for our Island Monkeys

Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by azrancher, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Is there a season for pineapples, or are they pretty much the same price year round?

    Got a new food dehydrator, got to keep it full

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  2. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    We've been finding some on sale at the local supermarket from time to time (right up the road from you about 90 miles, so they should be available in your neck of the sandbox). We'll watch for them being on sale for about $1 or a little less.

    The wife slices them up and ... you guessed it ... they go right into the dehydrator. They're delicious. Just had one about 15 minutes before I saw your post.

    The other thing we look to dehydrate is apples. We've gotten them on sale by the case for less than .50 / pound at the right time of year. Cored, sliced with a little sugar/cinnamon mix, dry 'em and they're great. We used to have apple trees at our property in Northern Nevada that produced like crazy. I recently found some of the dried slices that were still perfectly good after 10-12 years of storage in a tin shed in nothing more than a screw top glass jar. They're gone.

    We ended up with some tangerines, not a lot, off of our tree in the back yard. Picked them today, as snow is forecast for Monday here. Soon as we get the time they'll be peeled and head for the dehydrator as well.

    We found the dehydrator years ago in a thrift store in Nevada for $10. It's an old one, but WTH? It works.
  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    From my shopping experience there is a season. Like @Altoidfishfins said, currently they are really cheap. In the summer I do not see them on sale as much. If you can find hem for $1. Buy them & dry them. They are really good at the moment. We just went through a few here. I juice them.
  4. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    OK buying pineapples then..

    I just made a trip to an off the wall nursery South East of me in Douglas Arizona, bought 5 Red Delicious and 5 Red Skin peaches in #3 pots i.e. about 3 gallon, not bad the apples were $15.00 ea, and the peaches were $20.00 which is better than I can order them in for.
    BTW I order from Bob Wells in Texas, it's like 2-3 days and they show up on your door step.

  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @azrancher will you be able to plant them now or wait till April or so? BTW- have you planted fruit bearing bushes?
  6. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Hmmm both, what should I do, the nursery said to sweat them, I plan to buy others around April.

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  7. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Pineapple in Hawaii is pretty much year round. Maybe peaks in spring/summer. My favorite is from Maui Land & Pine.

    Try some Maui pineapple around April/May. My favorite.

    Fresh fruit is ALWAYS better than shipped fruit. When I was in Ohai Valley, I had the very best peaches and plums ever. Took a bite and sprayed juice all over my table. I mean, a big spray and giant wet spot. It was so good fresh!

    I like fresh. Also taught a couple of restaurants on CONUS how to make plantation tea. Use a flavorful black tea, like English Breakfast. Make it strong. Add pineapple juice and some sugar to taste. Drink it on ice. Like an Arnold Palmer but with pineapple juice.
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  8. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Pineapples we get here are rarely ripe. We leave them on the kitchen counter for a week or so and when the whole kitchen smells like pineapple and the outer skin turns from green to almost a golden color, it seems they're ready. Is that correct, Hanzo? That's what I've been going by to determine if they're ripe.
    Eat them too soon and they're tasteless. Been lucky in the fact that most are fairly juicy. I'd be willing to bet that they're not nearly as good as if they were fresh cut though. Have to plead ignorance. Never been to Hawaii.
    Seafood is kind of the same way. It isn't as good as that from the coastal areas. It's the price we pay for living inland.
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  9. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    That is a problem with all fruit, especially tomatoes, picked green, ripens on the way to the store.

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  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    What you are doing should be good. One other tip is to invert the pineapple to more evenly distribute the sugars.

    Try the Ohai Valley peaches!!
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  11. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    What does that mean? Did they give you instructions? If it is too soon to put them out them keep them inside. I had a cute apple tree in the house for a few months until it was ready to be transplanted.
  12. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Is that Ojai, I used to live in Camarillo, OMG strawberry fields forever, huge berries, I guess the real big ones are rejects and they sell them at the roadside stands, some are as big as an apple.

    OK, sweating instructions from the nursery guy, and this is a mom and pop place, probably on 40 acres basically in the middle of nowhere Arizona. Sweating as he explained it to me is by raising the humidity, like in a green house, I explained to him that my Green House was still in pieces in my garage, he said put them in my garage and wet the floor... I think I'll try a garbage bag over the top, it's supposed to make them bud out if they were shipped to him bare root and he then pots them in a #3 pot, I've never heard of it, but you can google it.

    Oh and remember there is no water or trees in Aridzona, and it's still snowing...

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  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Ohai Valley near Santa Barbara. Did they change the spelling? Or did I just spell it wrong?
  14. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Yeah that's the place, I think it's spelled both ways, but when I googled it, it was spelt with a j
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  15. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    I think I spelled it Hawaiian style... like how it sounds...
  16. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Wow, just bought one at Wally World, $2.48 each, I guess the transportation costs are high...

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  17. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    If you cut off the out side and put cinnamon and brown sugar all over it and take a propane torch and braising the out Sid with it then dehydrate it if you can your mouth may not let you.
  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Throw one in your crawfish boil, Punch a few holes first so it can soak up the seasoning.
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  19. jefferson

    jefferson Monkey

    Although widely available year-round, peak pineapple season lasts from March until July.

    This fruit loaded with so much health benefits, so you add it on your daily food diet. Weekly ones I drink pine apple fruit juice.
  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    I got to try white pineapple and this is my new favorite.
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