Friday, 10 July 2015
Cuba: Fresh Cuban Pineapples
Supermarkets here in the UK are piled up with pineapples, they are not a novelty, but what a difference in flavour! The Cuban pineapples were delicately perfumed, less acidic: gorgeous.
This beautiful example was growing on an organic farm in Vinales. There was a whole field of them, each plant bearing one fruit. The pineapple itself is composed of up to several hundred flowers that have joined together to create it. I had no idea!
Why was the pineapple in Cuba so much nicer? One reason has to be the freshness. Another must be that the fruit is sun-ripened and harvested at its natural peak. In intensive production elsewhere, the pineapples are sprayed with a chemical that accelerates ripening so that the whole crop is ready together (and in time for shipping, one assumes.) That said, I think some are also harvested 'green' and can take days, even a week, in a fruit bowl at home before they seem edible, despite the label that proclaims them 'ripe and ready to eat.'
Then there's the variety. I'm pretty sure the Cuban pineapples are a variety called 'pernambuco'. They have creamy white flesh and a sweet perfumed flavour, just like the ones I ate for breakfast. They are sublime. Pernambuco is a variety which doesn't ship well. That's why it's not a regular here in the UK.
If I had a pineapple pit, like the Victorian gardeners, pernambuco is the variety I would grow. It may not be the reason people visit Cuba, but it's not to be missed while you're there.
Posted by Kelly at 07:00