When I think about foods that are in season, I never consider pineapples. But pineapples have a season when they are at their prime! They are available year round in our grocery stores, but they at their prime from May to July.
- The pineapple is actually native to Brazil and Paraguay. It didn’t make it’s way to Hawaii until the 16th century.
- Today, one-third of the world’s pineapple comes from Hawaii.
- The pineapple plant grows 2 1/2 – 5 feet tall and 3 – 4 feet wide.
- Commercially grown pineapples are only harvested from each plant for 2 to 3 years, because the fruit gets smaller and smaller each year the plant is harvested.
- Most pineapples are between 4 and 9 pounds, but they can grow up to 20 pounds!
- Pineapples should never be stored in the refrigerator. But they will continue to ripen at room temperature.
from New South Grilling
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 whole pineapple, peeled, core removed and cut into chunks
1/2 cup cold milk
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Place the sweetened condensed milk and the pineapple chunks ina blender and puree until very smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, press firmly. Discard the remaining pulp. Stir the milk and lemon juice into the pineapple puree and chill for 30 minutes.
Freeze the sherbet in an ice cream maker follwoing the manufacturer’s instructions. Place it in an airtight container and cover. Freeze at least 1 hour before serving.