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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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This Week at the Source: The Weekly Pineapple Report

Chestnut Hill Farms is now in its seasonal transition to a drier period, which brings ideal climatic conditions. Just the right mix of rain and sunshine has allowed volume, sizes, sugar content and internal quality at optimal levels as we enter late summer into fall.  Click here to receive this week’s full industry report

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Pineapple Banana Orange Popsicles

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Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to enjoy end-of-summer treats made with delicious fresh pineapple. Combined with banana and Vitamin C-packed orange, these easy-to-make snacks can be whipped up in just 10 minutes. Pick up your Chestnut Hill Farms Perfect Pineapple at your local store that carries our farm-fresh produce near you and enjoy!

YIELD: 10 POPSICLES

PINEAPPLE ORANGE BANANA POPSICLES

You will fall in love with this Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles recipe! These treats are tangy, sweet, and healthy!

TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS PREP TIME: 10 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
  • 3 bananas, peeled
  • 2 oranges, peeled

DIRECTIONS:

Pulse all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

Tip: These are also great when made with a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger!

(Original Recipe and photo from Gimme Some Oven.)

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Superbug may have met its match….the Pineapple

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The superbugs have been a growing threat for years due to an over reliance on antibiotics. What if I were to tell you that scientists have discovered another weapon to combat the superbug by simply fighting nature with nature?

Turns out the pineapple is a potential key component in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as the superbug.  Studies have shown the enzymes, namely bromelain, contained within the stem and the roots of the pineapples can cure diarrhea in pigs. What a relief for both the pigs and the farmers!  This natural solution would reduce the reliance on antibiotics in pig farming while also having the effect of not only diminishing antibiotics in pigs themselves but also reducing the human exposure to antibiotics during consumption.

Scientist believe this may also help reduce diarrhea in humans as well.  So the next time you find yourself spending more time in the restroom than the office, try some pineapple, your organization will appreciate it.

Read more from the Sydney Morning Herald to learn about the natural superbug solution

Bromelain has been widely discussed in our blog read more about it here.

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Chestnut Hill Farms Participates in Fruit Logistica

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Chestnut Hill Farms and Procomer, a public Costa Rican institution who promotes the exportation of Costa Rican goods and services throughout the world, participated last week at Fruit Logistica 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Fruit Logistica is the leading trade fair for the international fresh produce trade. Fruit Logistica unites the fresh produce industry once a year and give’s industry makers the opportunity to approach potential business partners.

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Eat Happy Project: Education from around the World

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

We are so very proud to share the results of a recent project we embarked on with one of our longstanding customers, European-based Tesco PLC. An admirable example of what can be done in the sphere of social responsibility, Tesco recently launched the Eat Happy Project. Since its inception it has been committed to helping the next generation have a healthier and happier relationship with food. To make this change, Tesco works to give children the tools they need to live a healthy life and make better decisions about what they put on their plates when they grow up.

In addition to the Eat Happy Project’s “Farm to Fork” trail visits and hands-on cooking demonstrations, Tesco has partnered with Google+ Hangouts to produce Online Field Trips that bring far away farms and factories into UK classrooms, and host lessons from food suppliers around the world via live video chats.

Honored to be selected for a recent Online Field Trip for three England-based elementary schools, Chestnut Hill Farms joined students one afternoon to introduce them to the world of “prickly pineapples.” Joining one of its packing houses in Kent, our very own President and COO Raul Romero help lead a discussion about pineapple basics and answered a few questions.

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The results? Fantastic! As one of the classroom’s homework assignments, Mr. Handley asked students to post their own pineapple recipes in his classroom blog. Click here to see the fun and (very, very) versatile recipes.

For more information about the Tesco‘s Eat Happy Project, visit http://www.eathappyproject.com/resource-hub/online-field-trips/pineapples/. For more information about Chestnut Hill Farms’ Perfect Pineapple™ please contact our offices at (305) 592-6969.

 

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Chestnut Hill Farms: ‘We think pineapples’

We are proud to share with our customers and friends a recent article published in this week’s Miami Herald featuring Chestnut Hill Farms.

As a part of the publication’s recent “Gateway” series, highlighting companies making waves in the trade industry, the Business Monday section chose to profile Chestnut Hill Farms as one of the leading export/import companies headquartered in the region.

Described as “a major pineapple grower and marketer in the international market,” reporter Joseph Mann includes our company’s beginnings, specialties and future projections.

We invite you to take a read and find out how we are working each and every day to better serve you, our customers!

To read the full article, please click here.

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FRUKTUS Foundation Promotes 29 New Community Leaders

By Raul Romero, President and COO

The FRUKTUS Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing sustainable communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region, recently awarded 29 students diplomas for their completion of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program this summer.

The adult educational program, designed to empower inhabitants from five of the communities within Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and banana-producing areas, focuses on teaching workers healthy, cognitive and sustainable standards and providing them with the tools to become positive community leaders. A variety of topics such as gender issues, conflict resolution and team work are discussed, among other important work/life strategies.

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Students receive their diplomas and warm congratulations from the FRUKTUS Foundation staff and partners during a graduation ceremony for the “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program this summer.

The 2014 graduating class of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program

The 2014 graduating class of the Foundation’s “Harvesting Leaders, Growing Opportunities” program

 

In addition to the recent program graduation, the FRUKTUS Foundation also helped build and inaugurate a new pre-kindergarten classroom at the Rio Cascadas School in La Lydia, benefitting more than 25 local students and children of many farm workers.  Elementary and high school students in the area, and families of workers, welcomed nearly 1,000 school packages donated by FRUKTUS in its mission to improve and maintain a better quality of life for community members.

The FRUKTUS Foundation also completed the following initiatives during the first half of 2014:

  • Began preliminary development of a baseball stadium for the community of El Limbo
  • Planted 250 trees, along with Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica, in an effort to reforest areas located within pineapple farms
  • Sponsored a summer camp excursion for more than 70 teenagers from three communities to the leading amusement park in San José.
  • Hosted inspirational speaker Gaetano Pandolfo for a special lecture and book signing
  • Launched a National Pineapple Magazine publication for communities in the region to maintain literacy and industry knowledge

Research was also a priority this year for the Foundation, as Earth University was invited to partner on local, scholarly discussions concerning water issues, collection and garbage disposal in five of the areas communities – and nearly 20 students from San José’s UN Peace University Master’s Program of Responsible Management & Sustainable Economic Development were invited to create a case study on how pineapple activity can be sustainable and positive for economic growth of local communities. Needless to say, the Master’s students were very impressed with region’s social vision and the Foundation’s projects.

FRUKTUS Foundation is a private nonprofit organization, whose members are second generation family members of shareholders of companies dedicated to the pineapple and banana production in Costa Rica. The farms Piñera Parismina (pineapple), Agroindustrial Bananera del Caribe (pineapple), Bananatica de Costa Rica (banana) and Chestnut Hill Farms are the main sponsors of FRUKTUS Foundation.

To join Chestnut Hill Farms and become a supporter of the FRUKTUS Foundation, please contact Andrés Corrales at andres@fruktus.org.

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September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Month!

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and our partner
Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is celebrating by providing a ‘Fuel Up with Every Form’ toolkit for helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for better health. The kit provides everything from important nutritional facts for every day practice to fun and easy recipes for at-home meal planning. For starters, here’s the Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Veggies:

10. Color & Texture

9. Convenience

8. Fiber

7. Low in Calories…

To continue reading, visit Fruits & Veggies More Matters page.

Needless to say, pineapples are among the fresh fruits that help make up a

healthy diet and lifestyle. Make sure to add a pineapple to your cart today in

celebration of this month’s fruit festivities!

Interested in fueling up with more fruits and veggies this month? Visit this

website, here.

For more information about Chestnut Hill Farms and its dedication to increasing

pineapple consumption, please contact us at marketing@chfusa.com.

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Non-GMO Pineapples!

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