A Welcoming Fruit For The Winter
February 13, 2013 24 Comments
Pineapples are in season right now and costing about $2 each in my neck of the woods. YUM!
In case you didn’t know, in Colonial times, 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.
If I put out a pineapple right now, I don’t think anyone would stop by - but you never know.
A large pineapple will produce about four large servings for dessert (a mere 50 cents each). I have advocated for canned pineapple because it is cheap and already cut up - but this time of year is a good one for the fresh pineapple.
First, you have to make friends with your pineapple. Grab a lovely green one and eat it soon after buying it - after you display it for all to admire.
"Look, ma! A REAL pineapple!"
Then, you have to get out a large knife and cut it up. Check out the video below from the Produce Geek:
Cut off the top and bottom - slice lengthwise into quarters - core - and slice along the spiky peel. I followed his directions and had 4 large hunks of pineapple in no time. If you practiced on a few pineapples - you could do this in a flash.
Now, I suggest tasting it. Is it sweet? The one photographed above was so sweet that I had trouble not eating it before shooting. It didn't need anything to be a great snack all alone (without adulteration).
If you find that it is too sour for you, then you can add some sugar to make it sweeter. I don't think that a little bit of sugar is a big deal when you are eating something as healthy as fresh pineapple.
I called this recipe "Pineapple Surprise" because it surprises me how easy, simple, and delicious a broiled pineapple can be :)
How do you serve pineapple?
Broiled Pineapple Surprise Recipe
1 fresh pineapple
4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
Core and peel pineapple into quarters (see above instructions). Heat broiler on high and put pineapple on a baking sheet. Heat for five minutes, remove from oven, and using a spoon rub one teaspoon of sugar onto each quarter.
Serve with fork and knife and enjoy!
For one serving = 89 calories, 0.2 g fat, 23.3 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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