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Holiday Party Skewers with Ham, Pineapple & Mozzarella

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Planning your holiday party? Try these easy to assemble and serve holiday skewers, and impress your guests with presentation, color, and a delicious healthy snack! Simply assemble ingredients and line up to enjoy.

Holiday Party Skewers with Ham, Pineapple & Mozzarella

Ingredients: 

  • Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced ham
  • Two cheeses of your choice (we like fresh mozzarella and pepper jack)
  • Long wooden party skewers

Recipe:

  • Simply assemble together on wooden skewers, and enjoy!

 

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Make Your Own Pineapple Cocktail Keg

The Perfect Pineapple Keg


pineapple keg

Entertaining just became even more exciting now that Food Network has released a brilliant idea: the pineapple keg. Simple, impressive, and efficient, this concept has everything you need to impress your guests. All you need is a Chestnut Hill Farms Perfect Pineapple, a beverage dispenser (such as the one for $9.99 on Amazon here), and the cocktail recipe of your choice (try it with our Tiki Holiday Pineapple Punch recipe!).

Directions: 

  1. Cut the top off your Perfect Pineapple
  2. Core your pineapple (we recommend using an easy pineapple corer slicer)
  3. Put the fruit that you remove from the pineapple into a bowl – set aside
  4. Tap the pineapple by screwing in the tap on the side of the fruit
  5. Add your favorite pineapple cocktail into the pineapple keg, pour, and enjoy!

View the full video from Food Network.

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Holiday Hospitality 101: Pineapple Decor + Spiced Pineapple

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with that the need to plan and prepare for guests and loved ones. For centuries pineapple has been know as the hospitality fruit, and what a better time to welcome family and friends than the holiday season?

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Providing Compassion and Support for our Community and our World

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Chestnut Hill has worked to provide a sustainable farming practice and supportive workplace for our people behind the perfect pineapple, including social programs and environmental efforts to better our community and our world.

Our farms are the primary source of employment in the regions where our pineapple is grown, therefore we work to help grow these communities through the construction of infrastructure to the maintenance of schools and churches. These areas are our people, and we are proud to be a part of this community here in Costa Rica.

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Make Your Own Pineapple Candy Corn

Traditional candy corn is so 2013. Enjoy a sweet, healthy alternative to condensed sugar this Halloween utilizing fresh, delicious pineapple. Create your own snackable fruit pops, or layer your candy corn creation in a cup and grab on the go.

Halloween Candy

Candy Corn Fruit Pops

Ingredients:

Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple, sliced
Cantaloupe
1 Banana
Lollipop Sticks

Directions:

Cut pieces from the pineapple slices. Then cut the cantaloupe to fit on top. Do the same with the banana so the shape looks like a candy corn. Push in the stick to hold together. Slice up the rest of the fruit & place it in a bowl. Push the candy corn pops in fruit to stand up.

Original recipe from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

 

Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

Ingredients:

Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple, cut into bite size-pieces
Orange slices
Candy Corn
Whipped cream

Directions:

In a clear glass, layer pineapple, then oranges and top with whipped cream and a couple pieces of candy corn. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Original recipe from Family Fresh Meals

Enjoy!

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Shake It Up with “The Perfect Pineapple” Punch

Impress your guests this holiday season with the Perfect Pineapple Punch, a tantalizing cocktail that utilizes fresh, ripe Chestnut Hill Farms pineapples. We worked with one of Florida’s best bartenders, Josue Romero (otherwise known as The Garnish Guy) from Odd Birds Bar in St. Augustine to shake up a unique cocktail that will inspire thoughts of warm breezes and tiny umbrellas, no matter what the weather.

The Perfect Pineapple Punch

Ingredients:

Directions:

Slice off the top of a Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and core until the inside of the pineapple is hollow using a slicer or knife. Remove pineapple meat and place to side, conserving any juice.

Add 1 1/2 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum, 1 oz Diplomatico Rum, 1/2 oz Allspice Dram, 3/4 oz Giffard Orgeat, 1 oz Passion Fruit or Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Lime Juice, and bitters into a shaker. Add ice into shaker, close lid, and shake for approximately 10 seconds.

Add ice into cored Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, and strain cocktail from shaker over the ice. Garnish with fresh Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple slices and enjoy!

 

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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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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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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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5 Reasons Why Pineapples are the New Halloween Pumpkin

Why You Should Fall for Pineapples this Halloween

Halloween Pineapple

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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