Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. They are second only to bananas as America's favorite tropical fruit. Their season runs from March through June and lucky for us, it happens to be April.
"Pineapples were first discovered by Europeans on the Caribbean Island of Guadalupe. When Columbus and other discovers brought pineapples back to Europe, attempts were made to cultivate the sweet, prized fruit until it was realized that the fruit's need for a tropical climate inhibited its ability to flourish in this region.
Since pineapples are very perishable, and modes of transportation to bring them stateside from the Caribbean Islands were relatively slow centuries ago, fresh pineapples were a rarity that became coveted by the early American colonists. While glazed, sugar-coated pineapples were a luxurious treat, it was the fresh pineapple itself that became the sought after true symbol of prestige and social class. In fact, the pineapple, because of its rarity and expense, was such a status item in those times that all a party hostess had to do was to display the fruit as part of a decorative centerpiece, and she would be awarded more than just a modicum of social awe and recognition.
Food stuff options created with pineapples are plentiful. Consider combining diced pineapple with chopped shrimp, grated ginger and a little olive oil. Season to taste and serve this fragrant shrimp salad on a bed of romaine lettuce. Or, mix diced pineapple and chili peppers for an easy to prepare salsa that can boost any halibut, tuna and salmon. Have a sweet tooth? Drizzle maple syrup on pineapple slices and broil until brown. Serve plain or with yogurt." (www.whfoods.com)
But as the days get longer and the sun shines brighter where can we go to drink the golden "good stuff?" Thanks to out EatIN Connecticut Facebook friends, look no further for our recommendations.
The Tom Selleck at the Cook and The Bear <pictured above> is made with Plantation pineapple rum, cold pressed pineapple juice and served in a hallowed out pineapple.
Capital Grille boasts the Stoli Doli, said to be "the best" and "very dangerous!"
At Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe the Oasis Cocktail is infused with a house-infused pineapple vodka.