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How to Core a Pineapple Without a Corer

How to Core a Pineapple Without a Corer

Pineapples are universally synonymous with tropical images of paradise, conjuring feelings of relaxation and satisfaction with their sweet taste. When it comes to consuming pineapple, nothing compares to enjoying the fruit fresh. A fresh pineapple may look impossible to crack into with it’s tough exterior, but this couldn’t be father from the truth! Kitchen gadgets like a pineapple corer can make the process of breaking down the fruit a little easier, but aren’t necessary. Here’s how to core a pineapple without a corer!

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Easy & Elegant Holiday Table Decor

DIY Pineapple Table Decor

Whether you want to dress up your holiday table or get fancy for a fabulous event to remember, these easy-to-assemble gold pineapple candle holders are the perfect way to add pizazz to your table decor. Bonus – in this how-to we remove the fruit so it can be enjoyed as much as your candle masterpiece. This prevents wasted food, and helps complete a beautiful setting with delicious Perfect Pineapple that can be enjoyed immediately or in holiday recipes.

Check out the Youtube video to create your own in a visual how-to, or continue reading for step-by-step instructions. Happy creating!

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Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Celebrate the Holiday with Perfect Pineapple Thanksgiving Recipes!

Thanksgiving Pineapple recipes

Now that Halloween has come and passed, it’s time to get our minds off of sweet treats and start planning for arguably the biggest meal of the season: Thanksgiving dinner! Being that our perfect pineapples are available year-round, this healthy fruit is the perfect addition to your holiday feast. Packed with nutrients essential to maintaining a strong immune system, including Vitamin C and Bromelain, consuming pineapple is a great way to ward off cold and flu season as the summer months begin to fade. Here are some of our favorite pineapple Thanksgiving recipes!

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Fall in Costa Rica

Our Perfect Pineapples Are Available Year-Round!

our perfect pineapples are available year-round

While most areas of the world are familiar with the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall, the Costa Rican climate typically falls into two categories: rainy season and dry season. This rainy or “green” season, typically lasts from May to November, with November being the most unpredictable month when it comes to rainfall. Here at Chestnut Hill Farms, our farms are located in the fertile valleys of the Roxana de Guapiles and Villa Franca regions of Guapiles, Costa Rica. The soil of our farms has a relatively low pH, meaning that our perfect pineapples are available year-round.

Dry Season in Costa Rica

Looking toward the fall and winter months in Costa Rica, we are leaving the rainy season behind and entering the drier months. However, don’t let the term “winter” fool you, as our average temperatures are a tropical 82°F (28°C) all year long! There is some fluctuation in this temperature from area to area, as lower lying areas such as the Pacific and Caribbean regions will be slightly warmer, and northern zones with higher elevations will experience cooler temperatures. There are also factors that can bring on the dry season earlier in some years than others, including El Niño activity. Overall, September and October are typically the rainiest months in the country, while November is the transitionary period between the rainy and dry seasons.

Luckily, even during the rainy season, most areas in Costa Rica will experience sunny mornings and days with showers in the afternoons and evenings. With our farms being located just over the hill from the Tortuguero National Park, or the “Costa Rican Amazon”, we are nestled perfectly near the port city of Limon. This is where the majority of our pineapples are exported to the United States and Europe. Year-round pineapple production is key to the Costa Rican economy, as a 2017 study conducted by the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) found that the pineapple business sector of the country employed approximately 32,000 individuals directly. Not only this, but pineapples constitute 10% of the country’s total exports, making it the main agricultural export.

As both producers and consumers, we are thankful that the Costa Rican climate provides the perfect weather for growing perfect pineapples year-round. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to enjoy your pineapple this season, check out some of our favorite fall recipes here!

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Celebrate with These Healthy Halloween Pineapple Recipes!

On a holiday where candy reigns supreme, it may be strange to hear the words “healthy” and “Halloween” used together. While your little ones may be set on reaping the benefits of an evening spent trick or treating, this doesn’t mean that you can’t add a bit of nutrition to the holiday. Juicy, fresh pineapple can add a healthy twist to your mini monsters’ cuisine this Halloween and with it’s sweet flavor, they’ll swear it’s just as good as candy! With just a little bit of innovation, you are bound to trick your little monsters into loving these healthy treats. Check out some of our favorite healthy Halloween pineapple recipes below.

Candy Corn Granola Bars

healthy Halloween pineapple recipes

Ingredients: 

• 2 cups rolled oats

• 1 cup sunflower seeds

• 1/3 cup honey

• pinch of salt

• ¼ cup chopped fresh dried Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple

• ¼ cup chopped dried apricots

• ½ cup whole-milk plain yogurt

Directions: 

1. Our first step is to prep the dried pineapple. Slice your pineapple into chunks, and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set your oven to 225°F and bake each side of the pineapple chunks until dried, about 25-30 minutes on each side. 

2. Preheat your oven to 400°F. 

3. Spread oats and sunflower seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes.

4. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray. Cook honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, without stirring, until large foamy bubbles form, 2 to 4 minutes. (The bubbles will start out small and increase to about ¾ inch or larger when the honey is done.)

5. Immediately pour the toasted oat mixture and salt into the honey; stir until completely coated. Quickly press the granola into the prepared pan using a heat-resistant spatula coated with cooking spray. Top the granola with a circle of pineapple pieces in the center of the pan and then create a ring of apricot pieces around it, stopping about 2 inches from the edge. Gently press the dried fruit into the granola. Let cool for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the wedges on the pan and spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt onto the bottom third of each wedge. Place in the freezer until the yogurt hardens, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

healthy Halloween pineapple recipes

Ingredients:

• Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, cut into bite-sized chunks

• Oranges, cut into bite-sized chunks

• Whipped cream

• Candy corn

Directions: 

1. 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. It’s as easy as that!

Candy Corn Popsicles 

healthy Halloween pineapple recipes

Ingredients:

•  1/4 cup cream of coconut

• 3/4 cup coconut water

• 1 cup pineapple juice from fresh Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple

• 1 cup mango juice

• red food coloring

Directions:

1. Combine the cream of coconut and coconut water in a measuring cup. Pour into 10 3-ounce or 8 4-ounce ice-pop molds, dividing evenly.

2. Freeze until set, at least 2 hours.

3. Mix the mango juice with 1 drop of red food coloring in a measuring cup. Pour on top of the coconut mixture, dividing evenly. Insert the ice-pop sticks, pushing gently into the coconut mixture. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

4. Pour the fresh pineapple juice on top of the mango, dividing evenly. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 4 days.

Want more fun ways to use pineapple during the holidays? Learn how to make your own pineapple jack-o-lantern here!

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Chestnut Hill Farms Supports the Fight Against Cancer

Together We Can Make a Difference.

We take wide-ranging and constant participation in the development and advancement of local communities, and as one of our several charity initiatives, Chestnut Hill Farms proudly sponsors Team Lund and their participation in the fight against Children’s Cancer.  Team Rynkeby is a Nordic charity cycling team that rides to Paris each summer to raise money for seriously ill children. We decided to sponsor Team Rynkeby because we feel it is appropriate to expand our social responsibility projects to the areas where our fruit is shipped, and are proud to support their effort.

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National Pineapple Month

How to Celebrate National Pineapple Month

Attention, attention! It’s our favorite time of the year here on the farm…National Pineapple Month! October marks the time of year to pick yourself up one of these delicious, healthy tropical treats to enjoy and share with family and friends. National Pineapple Month is dedicated to this tantalizing fruit, native to the Americas and first consumed by the Tupi people. So why is there an entire month dedicated to this tropical fruit? Well, because pineapples are amazing and delicious in so many different ways!

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How to Carve Halloween Pina

How to Create a Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern

Let’s face it: the age old tradition of carving pumpkins for the Halloween season can be a messy and dissatisfying process. Between the sticky innards of this hefty gourd, and the thick skin of a pumpkin, it can also be difficult to achieve your artistic vision when carving. This fall season, try out a tropical, healthy, sweet alternative to the traditional pumpkin carving…pineapple jack-o-lanterns! Check out the quick video below to learn how to carve a pineapple jack-o-lantern of your own this Halloween.

How to Create Your Own Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern

  1. First off, remove the base of the pineapple.
  2. Next, use a pineapple corer to remove the core of the fruit.
  3. After creating your own design, using a template, or sketching directly onto your fruit, it’s time to start carving! For our creations, we opted to highlight characters from some of our favorite films: Disney’s Little Mermaid, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. Cut out your desired shape, making sure to keep your knife upright and pointed away from yourself and others.
  4. Once your design has been completed, place a small candle inside of your upright pineapple.
  5. Finally, turn off the lights to see your pineapple masterpiece!

Not only does learning how to carve a pineapple jack-o-lantern give kids an opportunity to get creative and expand on a classic holiday tradition, it also is a great way to create a healthy snack for your loved ones. Once your pineapple has been cored, there’s plenty of sweet fruit to be enjoyed! With fall being one of the best times to consume our perfect pineapples, we have collected some of our favorite fall pineapple recipes for the whole family to enjoy. Check out some savory fall pineapple dish ideas here!

 

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Fall Pineapple FAQ

Kick Off the Fall Season with Some Pineapple Facts!

fall pineapple facts

As the fall season draws nearer, visions of hot cocoa, pumpkin spice treats and cookies of every variety begin to dance in our heads. When you think of a fall cuisine, it’s most likely that your mind immediately turns to thinking of pumpkin, squash and other Thanksgiving day staples like cranberries and mashed potatoes. However, these stereotypical fall treats can leave you feeling lethargic and weighed-down. Mix up your fall cuisine with the perfect treat to kick off the season: the perfect Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple! Not only are our pineapples juicy, delicious and available year round, they are packed with nutritional values that will help boost your immune system and keep you feeling healthy all winter long. Check out some of our favorite fall pineapple facts below!

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Fall Pineapple Recipes for the Whole Family

Welcome the Season With These Delicious Fall Pineapple Recipes!

Although the pineapple may be synonymous with sandy beaches, tropical getaways and poolside hangs, this superfood fruit can be enjoyed well beyond the summer months. Not only are our perfect pineapples available all year round, it may actually be a better time than ever to consume the sweet fruit as the fall and winter months approach.

Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C and bromelain, both of which have some amazing health benefits. This high source of Vitamin C drastically helps the immune system fight off cold and sickness, which bromelain works as an anti-inflammatory. Bromelain also works to fight off infection and eliminate bacteria. This powerful combination is just what you need to get through the changing of the seasons feeling healthy and happy. Looking for more ways to incorporate pineapple into your cuisine? Check out some of our favorite fall pineapple recipes below!

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