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Ring in the Season with Spring Rolls

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Spring Rolls with Pineapple Dipping Sauce & Dessert Rolls

Spring is right around the corner and we’re ready for it! If you’re looking for a delicious and fresh meal to mix things up, spring rolls are the perfect option.

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World Wildlife Day – Costa Rica’s Beautiful Biodiversity

Costa Rica is home to a total of 5% of the world’s biodiversity

Costa Rica Wildlife

Within the small country of Costa Rice over a quarter of the land is dedicated to conservation to protect the wide array of wildlife that calls this country home. 275 hectares of natural rainforest surrounds our farm, creating a habitat for some of the amazing wildlife.  This is why we focus so heavily on sustainability – to protect our delicate country and the animals that call it home. In honor of World Wildlife Day on March 3rd here are some fun facts about a few of our favorite Costa Rican Natives!

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Supply and Demand’s Impact on Pineapple Sales from 2020 to 2021

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Changes to the Pineapple Market Through 2020 and Predictions for Sales in 2021

After a significant increase in volumes of pineapples shipped over the holidays, the new year has begun with limited supplies, high demand and high prices. Chestnut Hill Farms’s Adriana Garcia described the impact of the holiday season: “Retailers in Europe increased their volume by 300 percent around the Christmas weeks. The volumes we sent were shipped to the different destinations in a very organized way and therefore we are starting the year with limited supply and high market prices.” Read on to learn more about the effects of 2020 on the pineapple market and our forecast for 2021.

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The History of Pineapple Cookies for Chinese New Year

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Photo from Kele Singapore, voted best pineapple tarts in Singapore

History on a Sweet Treat that Brings Good Fortune to All

Chinese New Year is right around the corner. As the world rings in the Year of the Ox on February 12, many families will be enjoying a take on pineapple cookies. These sweet treats aren’t just known for bringing good fortune and prosperity – they’re also delicious and will guarantee you come back for more. Read on to learn more about these traditional treats.

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The Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple Planting Process

Pineapple Planting Process

How We Plant, Grow and Harvest the Perfect Pineapple

Have you ever had a piece of pineapple so delicious that you just had to know where it came from? If you find yourself answering “yes” to this question, then you may want to stick around – we’re digging into exactly how the delectable pineapple is grown here in Costa Rica. From planting to harvest to everything in between, get to know the steps we take to make sure the pineapple you share with your family is the Perfect Pineapple every time.

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Pineapple Nice Cream Is the Sweet, Healthy Dessert You’ve Been Craving

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Cut Back On Sugar Without Losing the Sweet With This Easy Pineapple Recipe

Reducing your sugar intake can have huge benefits, both short- and long-term. Studies have found that a 20 percent reduction in added sugars can reduce risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and more. Thankfully, cutting back on sugar doesn’t mean cutting back on sweets – it just means you need to be a bit more creative about how you satisfy your sweet tooth. With just three ingredients, this pineapple “nice” cream is creamy, frosty and, best of all, deliciously sweet – all with no added sugar. Even better, this simple recipe can act as a base for additions like coconut flakes or cherries and can be paired with other simple nice cream flavors for a no-sugar-added sundae. So, whether you’re a long-time nutrition expert or you’re looking to improve your diet as a New Year’s resolution, make some space in your freezer – it’s time to get scooping!

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Sip to Good Health with Iced Pineapple Matcha Green Tea

Iced Matcha Pineapple Tea

Matcha and Pineapple Deliver Antioxidants and Refreshing Flavor In This Easy Drink Recipe

Put a spin on your classic morning coffee with this refreshing iced pineapple matcha tea. Matcha green tea and pineapple juice combine for a drink that’s as full of flavor as it is antioxidants, while coconut milk gives it a sweet creaminess that’ll transport you to the tropics. Delivering plenty of nutritional benefits, this healthy drink is the perfect way to kick off your New Year’s resolutions.

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions? 6 Reasons Why Pineapple Should Be a Part of Them

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Pineapple Isn’t Just Delicious – It’s Nutritious Too, and Can Help Keep You On Track to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

For so many of us, a new year means new resolutions, and in 2020, 51 percent of those resolutions included eating healthier. Specifically, 23 percent of people wanted to limit their sugar intake, while 19 percent wanted to take up cleaner eating. Regardless of your resolution’s specifics, pineapple is a fantastic addition to your healthy eating menu. The fruit’s naturally occurring sweetness means it can curb cravings for less nutritious options, while its ample nutrient content offers your body a smorgasbord of vital vitamins and minerals. Read on to learn more about why pineapple should be part of your healthy New Year’s resolutions in 2021.

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Feliz Navidad! How We Celebrate Christmas in Costa Rica

Festival de la Luz in San José | Photo via Festival de la Luz

Horse Parades, Pork Tamales, and Trips to the Beach Are Just Some of the Ways Costa Ricans Enjoy the Holiday Season

The month of December is marked with plenty of holiday celebrations in Costa Rica. From vibrant festivals to traditional Christmas Eve feasts, there are plenty of reasons to be in high spirits this time of year. If you can’t make it down to Costa Rica this December, don’t fret – we’re taking you with us on a virtual tour of some of the country’s biggest and best holiday festivities.

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Why Pineapple Should Be a Part of Any Holiday Party

This Tropical Fruit Has a Long History of Hospitality

If you’ve seen the television show Sanditon (based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel of the same name), you may remember a scene in which a pineapple is sliced at a dinner party with great fanfare – and the horrible reaction when it’s revealed that it had rotted inside. The pineapple’s initial impressiveness and its rotten state were brought on by the same factor: that it took a really long time to bring the tropical fruit to England.

As with so many historical status symbols, rarity made the exotic pineapple a sign of luxury. In fact, for a while the fruit was so rare that most people wouldn’t eat it (which didn’t help with the rotting issue). Instead, they’d simply use it as a centerpiece, often rented for an event from the fruit’s owner. Whether used as a centerpiece or actually served, the pineapple became associated with hospitality and sparing no expense for your guests.

That association is still strong today, with the pineapple frequently appearing in (or on) hotels, buildings, restaurants and more. Charleston, South Carolina’s famous Pineapple Fountain is used as a symbol of the city’s notable southern hospitality, and gilded pineapples adorn the towers of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Around the world, the queen of fruits is known as a sign of warmth and welcome.

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