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The Pineapple Report: Week 39 on the Farm

An abrupt change in weather due to Hurricane Nate brought 122 mm (4.9 inches) of precipitation, however the Atlantic and Northern regions of Costa Rica where Chestnut Hill Farms resides were spared the brunt of this storm. Areas on the Pacific Coast opposite of our farms had rainfall totaling 278 mm (11 inches) in a 24 hour period, however, causing mudslides and washed out roads and bridges.
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The Traveling Pineapple: Asia

Curious to see how Chestnut Hill Farms Perfect pineapples travel the world? Check out our recent trip to Japan and South Korea, where our fruit is now available in stores. Our pineapples are carefully shipped and tracked throughout the world through our wonderful employees. In addition, we use a meticulous traceability coding program to pinpoint the origin and track the journey of all of our pineapples from the time of harvest to the final destination. Our analysts additionally manage a digital file, which is maintained containing a complete list of all activities carried out from planting to harvest. For more information on our shipping and safety practices, click here.

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The Traveling Pineapple: Canada

Adventures of the Traveling Pineapple

Our pineapples travel all around the world from the farms of Costa Rica. Most recently we were in Canada hand-delivering fresh fruit with quality inspections and care. We believe in customer relationships, and with that ensuring that the perfect pineapple is just right for our stores and distributors. Check out some photos below of some of our recent travels to Canada, and stay tuned for more photos and updates as our pineapples travel around the world.

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Pineapple Report – Week 37 at the Farm

 This week has brought just 11.4 mm (0.5 inches) of precipitation, with sunny, clear, warm days with low humidity. Excellent conditions = excellent quality pineapples, just in time for carving your own Chestnut Hill Farms pina lantern! Watch the video to find out how you can make your own this year. Click here to receive this week’s full industry report. 

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10 Health Facts That Will Make You Fall for Pineapple

Did you know that fall is one of the best times of year to reap the production of sweet ripe pineapple from our farms in Costa Rica? Not only can you incorporate pineapples into your fall decor (click here to watch a video on how to carve your own Pineapple Jack-o-lantern!), but pineapples are a healthy snack that have plenty of health benefits to boot.

Pineapple Health Benefits

1. Good for your Health Carbs

  • One cup (165 grams) of pineapple contains 21.7 grams of carbohydrates and 2.3 grams of fiber, meaning that 19.4 grams of digestible carbs are in each cup.
  • Pineapple does not have a huge impact on blood sugar levels (at least not in healthy people).

2. Excellent Fiber

  • One cup of pineapple contains 2 grams of fiber, almost all insoluble (99%).
  • Insoluble fibers reduce the risk of type two diabetes and digestion.

3. Vitamins & Minerals

One cup of pineapple provides 132% of the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C and 76% of manganese. Pineapples also contain copper, a trace mineral critical for many important functions in the body, such as producing red blood cells, and Folate (B9), which is important for regular function of cells and tissue growth. Folate is very important for women who are pregnant.

4. Lowered Cancer Risk

  • A main cause of death around the world, cancer is mainly characterized by uncontrollable cell growth that harms surrounding tissues.
  • Diets high in yellow vegetables and fruit (like pineapples!) reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Various test-tube studies have shown that bromelain, present in pineapples, may prevent the growth of cancer cells and lead them to cell death.

5. Improves Immunity

Bromelain has been proven in studies to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation, and may stimulate immune responses, thus reducing the severity of inflammation, and have beneficial effects in asthma and allergic airway diseases.

Consuming pineapple or taking a bromelain supplement may shorten the timeline of sinus infections, prevent blood clots, reduce inflammation, and stimulate immune responses, especially in kids.

6. Amazing Plant Compounds

  • Only found in pineapple, bromelain is a unique protein-digesting enzyme. It also reduces the risk of cancer, heals wounds, and improves tummy health.
  • Anthocyanins: Pineapple contains low amounts of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that helps reduce the risk of many diseases, like heart disease.
  • (Thanks to bromelain content, you may use pineapple juice to tenderize meat!)

7. Trims the Waistline

Pineapple makes you feel full and provides energy without adding too many calories. With less thank 60 calories per half cup,

One-half cup of fresh pineapple contains fewer than 60 calories, pineapple has a high water content and is rich in fiber, which keeps you satiated. The golden fruit has also been shown to reduce stomach bloating due to bromelain, which leads to better digestive function and a trimmer waist.

8. Reduces Nausea in Pregnant Women

Pineapple can have a nausea-relieving effect, attributed to high amounts of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B6 that helps relieve the symptoms of pregnancy-induced nausea.

9. Boost Fertility

Foods with high antioxidant content, like pineapple, are recommended for those trying to conceive due to several beneficial vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, copper, zinc, and folate.

Many of these elements can help boost fertility in both men and women due to assisting in fighting free radicals.

10. Boosts Blood Circulation

Pineapple produces copper, an essential mineral vital in a number of enzymatic reactions and compounds in the body. Copper is a necessary mineral for the formation of healthy red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to various organ systems and help them to function at optimum levels.

Pineapple also increases cognitive abilities and can maintain neural pathways to prevent neural disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Enjoy pineapple the fun way this autumn and learn how to carve your own pina jack-o-lantern on our Youtube page here

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Piña Colada Pie in a Jar

With summer fluttering to an end, variations of tropical favorites such as a cool pina colada is a fun way to enjoy the final days of September. Enjoy the classic cocktail in dessert form with the easy to assemble pina colada pie in a jar, and take your taste buds into a sweet Caribbean daydream with Chestnut Hill Farms pineapples.

TIME: 0:30    PREP: 0:30    LEVEL: EASY    YIELD: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 c. finely crushed graham crackers
12 tbsp. butter, melted
1.5 cups fresh, diced and crushed Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple
2 c. heavy cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make crust: In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs with butter and stir until combined.
  2. Make pineapple layer: In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat crushed pineapple until thick and jammy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make cream layer: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in cream cheese and sugar. (For best results, transfer mixture to a piping bag.)
  4. Among four mason jars, layer graham cracker crust, pineapple (using a spoon), and cream, alternating until you reach the top of the jar.
  5. Garnish with toasted coconut and serve.

Original Recipe modified through delish.com

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Pineapple Report: Week 36 (38 in 2017)

The dry spell continues, which means it is excellent weather for fantastic quality pineapples following our wet season. With less than .5 inches of precipitation, all practices are on schedule. Life is good!

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How to Carve a Halloween Pineapple in 3 Easy Steps!

Pineapples are the new Pumpkin!

Fall is the perfect time for ripe and ready pineapple production, with some of the sweetest, delicious fruits available and hand-delivered from our farm in Costa Rica. Learn how to utilize this healthy fruit this year while having fun and enjoying healthy Halloween treats.

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This Week at the Source: Week 35

Chestnut Hill Farms as we transition to a drier period, we have had a very dry week with only 7.3 mm (1/4 inch) of precipitation. Dry and sunny, we are beginning to experience less humid days signaling the much anticipated second semester dry season. The pineapples currently have an outstanding quality, with the average sugar content 14.9 brix and B internal maturity. All good husbandry practices are on schedule, and we are having a very fruitful week participating in Asia Fruit Logistica.

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5 Reasons Why Pineapples are the New Halloween Pumpkin

Why You Should Fall for Pineapples this Halloween

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As summer dwindles down and autumn approaches, now is the time to begin preparing for  an abundance of fresh pineapple into our customer’s stores. As we will be discussing in the coming weeks, fall is one of the best times of the year for pineapple production from our farms in Costa Rica. One fun and delicious way to utilize these pinas is to incorporate them into the fun tradition of Halloween carving. We have listed a few reasons below as to why pineapples are the new pumpkin when it comes to fall festivities, and stay tuned for a video coming soon on how to easily carve your own Pineapple Jack-o-Lantern!

1. Availability

Most consumers identify pineapples as a refreshing summer fruit, and though they make the perfect pina colada, autumn is one of the best times of year to reap the benefits of pineapple harvesting. Pineapples are plentiful during the fall, which means stores are able to provide even more shelf space for the delicious fruit, which comes in abundance.

2. Cost efficiency

At under $5 a pop, obtaining a perfect, beautiful pineapple is cost efficient as it is convenient. The famed pumpkin may take the street corner, but pineapples take the cake when it comes to a happy wallet.

3. Snackability

After coring your perfect pineapple with an easy-to-use pineapple slicer, the fruit is immediately ready to enjoy as you carve your tropical creation. Craving Halloween decadence? Try melting dark or milk chocolate on-hand from trick-o-treaters and dipping in the pineapple. Sinfully delicious!

4. Health Benefits

Pineapple fruit contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C and also contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue. Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping your intestines healthy, but unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein. In addition to having a hearty amount of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, making it a great snack for those with a cold or sinus infections.

5. Simplicity

Creating a pina-lantern is simple, especially with the use of readily-available tools such as the pineapple slicer. Just cut the top off the pineapple, use the tool to core the fruit, and use a carving kit to make your favorite fun or scary pina-face. Stay tuned into our blog and YouTube channel for tips on how to easily make your own in just minutes!

Pineapple Carving

Photo by Amy Covington.

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