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The Sweetest Pineapple May Be This One From Dole

Today we welcome the new DOLE® Golden Selection® Pineapple, bred to be the sweetest and juiciest yet—you can even eat the core.

It’s also an smaller pineapple: The base is just 4-1/2 inches high by 3-1/2 inches wide, enough to cut a thick slices for a family of four.

Or, give one to each person celebrated at your Mother’s Day or Father’s Day dinner. Just tie a ribbon around the neck!

The Golden Selection Pineapple arrives at select supermarkets this month, so look for it. You’re in for an indulgent taste experience.

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> The history of pineapple.

Sustainably grown in Costa Rica, the new fruit has been expertly cultivated to taste sweeter with a more vibrant tropical flavor that balances the pineapple’s customary sweet-and-tart profile.

In fact, less than 6% of all Dole pineapples possess the taste and appearance qualifications necessary to be tagged as a Dole Golden Selection Pineapple.

The juicier and more aromatic and golden pineapple was bred in response to consumer demand for a sweeter pineapple-eating experience.

The new fruit will be available in limited quantities based on seasonality and the size of the crop.

“In the 122 years that Dole has been cultivating pineapples in Hawaii, Central and South America and throughout the tropics, we’ve learned what it takes to grow the world’s best,” says Dole.

“While all Dole pineapples are tender, sweet, and packed with nutrients, healthy enzymes, and Vitamins B6 and C, these new Golden Selection Pineapples glow and taste just a little brighter.”

Melanie Marcus, M.A., R.D., Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, has selected a number of dishes from Dole’s vast online recipe library that best showcase the enhanced sweetness of the DOLE® Golden Selection® Pineapple, including:

  • Pineapple Carpaccio
  • Dole Mango Pineapple Salsa
  • Cool Summer Gazpacho Salad
  • Ginger-Chili Ahi Tuna Poke Skewers
  • Magic Carpet Lemon Curd Cups

    Dole Food Company has been the global leader in pineapples since 1901. No one in the continental U.S. knew about them until Dole Food Company became a pineapple powerhouse.

    In 1901, James Drummond Dole (1877-1958), an 1899 graduate of Harvard with degrees in business and horticulture and a passion for farming, headed to Hawaii that same year. (Dole was a cousin, once removed, of Sanford B. Dole, who was born in Honolulu to missionary parents, and was President of the Republic of Hawaii from 1903-1915.)

    At the tender age of 22, he purchased a 64-acre government homestead in the central plains of the island of Oahu. After experimenting with a number of crops, he settled on planting pineapple.

    He started the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which eventually became the Dole Food Company. While the company produces plenty of other food products, it’s perhaps best known for its pineapples.

    Dole was credited with developing the pineapple industry in Hawaii, and became known as the “Pineapple King” [source]

    Dole became one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research.

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    Dole Golden Selection Pineapples, whole and sliced
    [1] The new Dole Golden Selection pineapple (photos #1, #2, #4, and #5 © Dole Foods).

    A pineapple growing on its stalk
    [2] A pineapple growing on its stalk.

    Photo of James Drummond Dole, founder of Dole Foods
    [3] James Drummond Dole, circa 1927 (photo courtesy Wikipedia).

    Gazpacho Salad served in a pineapple half
    [4] Cool Summer Gazpacho Salad. Here’s the recipe.

    Ahi Tuna & Pineapple Poke Skewers
    [5] Ginger-Chili Ahi Tuna Poke Skewers. Here’s the recipe.
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