Each year on April 22 since 1970, the importance of a clean planet and birth of the first environmental movement is honored worldwide through the celebration of Earth Day. Now internationally recognized, Earth Day is an opportunity for organizations and individuals around the globe to come together in a topic most important to not only the survival of our pineapples but also our population: our planet.
· Definitely the driest week of the year with no precipitation recorded
· Unseasonable cold night temperatures continue
· Slowing down the fruit maturation process
· Continuing to raise the specter of stress inducing “natural flowering”(NDF)
· Farms to continue to adjust harvest age
· Quality parameters improved dramatically from prior weeks
· NDF harvest commences and we prepare for the biggest pineapple consumption period of the year as weather turns warm in the northern hemisphere!
You’ll Flip for This Upside Down Cake, Made with Sweet, Fresh Pineapple
Pineapple Upside Down Cake can be enjoyed at all times of the year, but it is especially popular to prepare and indulge in during the spring months. Rather than using canned pineapple, try a fresh variation on this traditional recipe by slicing sweet Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and taste the difference. Hands down, this will be the best pineapple cake you’ve ever taken a bite out of.
· Easter Week brought 33.7 mm (1.3 inches) of rainfall – all of it on Good Friday
· Average minimum temperature dropped by almost 1 ºC to 20.8 ºC (69.5ºF)
·Unseasonably cold evening continue to slow down fruit maturation
· 95% of our fruit harvested at 22 weeks after forcing (WAF) and balance at 23 WAF
· La Nina is predicted to bring higher temperatures and limited precipitation through May
·Mostly dry weekdays with increased precipitation during the weekend
·Rain gauge registered 33.5 mm (1.3 inches) of precipitation
·Cooler nights and a few minimum temperatures dropping below 20º C (68º F)
·We continue to increase harvest age (WAF) to stay ahead of slower maturation process
·75% harvested at 22 WAF; 2.5% at very rare 24 WAF; balance at 21 and 23 WAF
·Peak crop to be harvested between weeks 19 and 23
·Plenty of promotional opportunities in May and June
·Considerable volume available during May and June!
Easter is upon us, and preparations for Sunday celebrations are underway. As you make your grocery list, don’t forget to plan for the classic meal of Easter Ham decorated with sweet pineapple, and impress family and friends with complimentary flavors and colors of spring.
Favorable weather conditions prevailed through the past week, with mostly bright and sunny days with a few intermittent drizzles. 10.4 mm (<0.5 inches) of precipitation recorded, with average minimum as well as average daily temperatures increasing. We are still facing some slow fruit development and we react with increased harvest age. While some quality attributes suffered a setback, we are on the road to recovery given climatic conditions.
Considerable volume available during May and June!
Nothing is better than delicious, perfectly ripe pineapple. This is why we take steps to ensure our pineapples are ready to be enjoyed year round from our farms in Costa Rica. In order to help you choose the perfect pineapple on your next shopping trip, remember the three steps below to knowing you will receive the Caribbean’s sweetest fruit, from our farmers to your table.
· Most of the week was dry and sunny, but….
· During the weekend high intensity showers accumulated 82.2 mm ( 3.2 inches) of rainfall
· Seasonally cooler nights with a few minimum temperatures just below 20ºC (68ºF)
· 44% of our fruit harvested at 22 WAF
· Increased harvest age and improved weather had a very positive impact on quality parameters
· Identification of NDF fruit with color ribbons continues