I looked high and low. I looked under the shelves of mangoes and behind rows of bananas, but they were nowhere to be found. Just a few days ago, there were piles and piles of them all over the store.
The abundance of pineapple in the last few weeks fooled me into thinking that I could come back anytime and just get more. I was wrong.
And just as ideas for all of the things I could make with all that sweet, yellow fruit were spinning in my head…
I guess I need to move to the tropics. I would not be mad about that. :)
Pineapples are an excellent source of many nutrients, like vitamin C, manganese, and folate. They are low in calories, (only 83 calories a cup) and have fiber, which is good for digestion.
My favorite thing about them, though, is how sweet and juicy and delicious they taste!
Last week, during the days of plenty, I bought 6-7 of these gorgeous fruits and prepared them different ways. Some got cut up and put into the fridge for snacking and adding to salads. Here is a short video of me demonstrating how to chop them. Enjoy!
Some others got dehydrated, and they were AMAZING!!
Here’s how I did that:
super addicting dried pineapple “candy”
Cut a fresh pineapple into chunks. Place as many of the pieces onto your dehydrator trays as will fit, leaving some room for good air flow.
Turn on the dehydrator and follow the manufacturer’s directions for a medium heat setting.
After drying for 5 hours or so, they should be crunchy on the edges, but soft and chewy on the inside. They seriously taste like candy, but you don’t need to add any sweetener — just pineapple!
I have dreams of pineapple salsa draped over homemade tostadas, topped with avocado cilantro lime dressing (recipe for the dressing here).
I plan on freezing bags of pineapple chunks to add to tropical smoothies.
Chilly bowls of pineapple banana nicecream on a hot summer evening will happen.
On top of that, I need an unending supply of this dried pineapple candy on hand to snack on.
But all of this will have to wait until I can find a store with enough of that sweet, sweet fruit to make my pineapple dreams come true.