Tips & Tall Tales

Pineapple Could Help You Have a Sweet Night of Sleep

If Pineapple Wasn’t Perfect Enough Already, It Could Improve Your Sleep Habits

When you think about a late-night snack, Pineapple probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind, but maybe it should be. Pineapple is naturally high in melatonin– a hormone made by your brain to help your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up. In most cases, your body naturally produces more melatonin at night, but for some of us, that just might not be enough. 

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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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Highly Debated, Widely Craved– The History of the Pineapple Pizza

Who Knew a Pizza Topping Could Create a Heated Debate Across the Globe?

The traditional Hawaiian pizza, topped with pineapple and ham, has managed to create a divide across the globe. It was first introduced in 1954 by Sam Panopoulos at his American themed restaurant, Satellite, located in Ontario, Canada.

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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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