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- Chestnut Hill Farms Launches Partnership to Provide Organic Fair-Trade Bananas to North America
- What Makes a Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple Special
- Winter Holiday Party Ideas
- Pineapple Recipes to Try At Your Next Party
- Cinnamon Roasted Pineapple: A Sweet Superfood Treat
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Tips & Tall Tales
4 Festive Ways to Let Pineapple Shine This Holiday Season
It may be getting colder outside, but there’s no reason not to embrace fresh, tropical inspiration for your holiday party planning. A traditional sign of hospitality, pineapple makes for a perfectly festive addition to plenty of holiday recipes – and serves as a regal muse for decor. The queen of fruits also happens to be in-season all year long, so you can always enjoy this sweet snack and its multitude of health benefits, even when the weather outside is frightful. So turn on some tropical tunes, grab your fruit, can get ready to throw the perfect pineapple party this holiday season.
Pineapple Candle Holder
Add elegance to your next holiday party with this metallic pineapple candle masterpiece. Golden and glittering, this simple DIY makes the perfect addition to any table décor. Check out a how-to video on YouTube or ready below for step-by-step instructions.
You Will Need:
- Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple (one per candle)
- Gold spray paint
- Sharp knife
- Pineapple corer
- Tall candle
- Remove the base of the pineapple with a sharp knife. Make sure you do not too far up and keep the bottom piece if you would like to use it for a topper.
- Use a corer to remove the inside pineapple shell and discard (you can also use this pineapple as is in one of the holiday recipes below)!
- Spray paint your pineapple gold and let dry.
- Once dry, use a small knife to cut an area in the top of the pineapple.
- Insert candle and enjoy your new décor!
Pineapple Night Light
Whether you’re hosting a gathering in-person or online, add some ambience with these pineapple-inspired night lights. Dress up your mason jars with yellow tissue paper, green felt, and a few details, then add a tea candle to light them up. The warm yellow glow almost feels reminiscent of a roaring fireplace – but with a distinctly tropical twist.
You Will Need:
- Mason jar
- Yellow tissue paper
- Gloss finish Mod Podge
- Black and green acrylic craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Green felt
- Pipe cleaners
- Tea candles
- Cut tissue paper into small pieces.
- Use Mod Podge to glue tissue paper together, covering the mason jar.
- Add pineapple details with black paint.
- Cut leaves from felt and glue them to the top of your mason jar.
- Paint the lid green to represent the stem.
- Insert candle or battery-operated light.
Now you have a beaming boost of festive lights to decorate your whole house!
- 1 Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple, core and sliced (Learn how to cut a pineapple)
- 1 ½ oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
- 1 oz Diplomatico Rum
- ¾ oz Giffard Orgeat Syrup
- ½ oz Allspice Dram
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Passion Fruit Juice (or Pineapple Juice from Chestnut Hill Farms)
- 10 drops of Hibiscus Bitters
- Slice off the top of a Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and core the inside of the pineapple.
- Add 1 ½ oz Plantation Pineapple Rum, 1 oz Diplomatico Rum, ½ oz Allspice Dram, ¾ oz Giffard Orgeat, 1 oz Passion Fruit or Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Lime Juice, and hibiscus bitters.
- Add ice and shake well (approximately 10 seconds)
- Add ice into cored Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple and strain cocktail from shaker.
- Garnish with Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple slices
What is a holiday party without a flavorful appetizer – featuring the queen of fruits of course! Add this tasty spread to your next charcuterie board (a favorite festive food option for the holiday season) or serve it with your holiday ham for some extra flavor.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 fresh lemons, juiced
- 1 fresh Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, peeled and diced
- Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
- Crush the fruit into small bite-sized pieces.
- The liquid should be evaporated and the natural pectin in the fruit will thicken the jam (can be refrigerated for up to three weeks).
Now that you are ready for your next pineapple themed holiday party, be sure to stay updated on all things pineapple! From holiday recipes to health facts on the juicy superfruit, be the first to know about our latest news by subscribing to our newsletter.
How People With Diabetes Can Safely Enjoy This Tropical Fruit
To manage diabetes, physicians generally recommend a healthy, nutritious diet composed of whole foods. However, because diabetes makes the body less sensitive to insulin, foods that are high in sugar are frequently off-limits. So where does fruit fit into this equation? The answer is, people with diabetes can eat fruit – but there are certain precautions to take, too.
Because pineapple is higher along the glycemic index than some other fruits, people with diabetes may think they can’t eat the tropical fruit. However, with precautions, pineapple can be a nutritious addition to a diabetes-friendly diet. Thanks to high fiber content, vitamin C, and a number of other valuable nutrients, pineapple can help ensure you’re keeping your body healthy. Plus, pineapple can be the perfect alternative to candy or other sugary desserts when you’re craving something sweet. We dove into the benefits of pineapple, as well as the factors people with diabetes should keep in mind when eating it, below.
The Glycemic Index
The glycemic index (GI) measures the impact of a food on blood sugar levels. Foods are assigned a number from 0 to 100, where pure glucose represents a rating of 100, allowing them to be compared readily. Generally, low GI foods are scored below 55, medium GI foods are between 56 and 69, and high GI foods score 70 or above.
While these scores can vary by specific type of fruit (we grow MD2 pineapples, for example) and ripeness, fresh pineapple generally scores between 51 and 73 on the GI scale. This places it below other tropical fruits like papaya, but above less sweet alternatives like cherries and grapefruit. As a result, while pineapple can certainly be eaten in moderation, people with diabetes should exercise caution when enjoying the tropical fruit.
Benefits of Pineapple
Although pineapple is a medium-GI food, it also can provide a range of nutritional benefits. Notably, pineapple has more vitamin C per serving than most other fruits, including oranges and other citruses. It also contains bromelain, which can aid with digestion among other potential benefits, manganese, vitamin A, and more.
Fiber for Diabetes
Along with other nutrients, pineapple contains 2.3 grams of fiber per serving. For people with diabetes, fiber can be particularly beneficial. Soluble fiber, in particular, can slow digestion and prevent spikes in blood glucose levels. In fact, one study found that consuming 50 grams of fiber per day lowered the glucose levels of people with diabetes by 10% more than those who ate only 24 grams per day.
How to Eat Pineapple If You Have Diabetes
Because of its natural sugars, pineapple can impact blood glucose levels. However, pairing it with protein or a healthy fat, like yogurt, nut butters, or avocado, can help mitigate its effects. Of course, remember to also enjoy it in moderation – a serving of pineapple is 1 cup or about 165 grams chopped.
Keep in mind that canned fruits often contain added sugars or syrups. We like to can our own pineapple for complete control over the ingredients used. While you can juice pineapple at home, it’s generally recommended that people with diabetes enjoy the whole fruit: Juicing can remove the valuable fiber that is both healthy and plays a role in keeping blood glucose levels even.
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To learn more about pineapple and diabetes, explore the resources below.
- Healthline – Is It Safe to Eat Pineapple If You Have Diabetes?
- Medline Plus – Glycemic index and diabetes
- VeryWell Health – Can People With Diabetes Eat Pineapple?
- Medical News Today – Is pineapple good for diabetes?
- American Diabetes Association – Healthy Food Choices Made Easy: Fruit
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Celebrate Vegan Month With These Easy, Healthy Recipes
November is National Vegan Month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with eating more plant-based meals. Adding just one vegetarian or vegan meal per week to your diet can help you lose weight and ensure you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Some studies have even shown that a plant-based diet may help ward off type 2 diabetes. And while many omnivores may be concerned about forgoing their favorites, there’s no reason to worry – almost anything you crave can be made plant-based. Of course, pineapple is also an ideal vegan recipe ingredient. Available year-round, packed with nutrients like vitamin C and fiber, and easy to prepare, this tropical fruit is a delicious addition to myriad vegan recipes. Read on for four of our favorites.(more…)
Four Holiday Marketing Strategies to Make Sure Pineapple is Part of the Festivities
With the winter months comes a wealth of holidays and, along with them, key opportunities for boosting sales. This year, make sure pineapple is included in the fun with strategic marketing, both in-store and online. From featuring winter recipes with a tropical twist at in-store demos to tapping into social media conversation around smaller holidays, here are just some of the ways retailers can put pineapple at the forefront of the festivities.
Emphasize the Year-Round Availability of Pineapple
Although Costa Rican pineapple is available year-round, the tropical fruit is most commonly associated with summer. Educational materials, sampling, and in-store demos can all help overcome this information barrier and show off how flavor and in-season pineapple is, even in the winter. Featuring the fruit in seasonal recipes can also help: holiday cocktails, winter fruit salads, and roasted hams can all incorporate pineapple in a natural (and delicious) way. Likewise, many winter recipes feature canned fruits instead of fresh; showcase how fresh pineapple can easily be canned or preserved at home for extra flavor and complete control over added sugars.
Think Decoratively for Creative Holiday Marketing
Pineapple may be delicious to eat during the holidays, but it can also make for festive décor. Show off the fruit used as a centerpiece and encourage shoppers to try it for themselves. If your store sells the necessary equipment, such as spray paint or candles, place the pieces together next to a display of the final product. Or, partner with the floral department and showcase colorful arrangements that will grab shoppers’ attention.
Keep Track of Unique Holidays
While the winter season comprises of some key holidays, November and December are also home to a host of more unique holidays that can be used to inspire campaigns. For example, November 26 is National Cake Day; promote the festivities with cross-merchandising campaigns featuring the ingredients for a pineapple upside-down cake or share recipes on social media. December’s National Ice Cream Day (December 13) and National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16) can earn the same treatment. These campaigns benefit from not having to compete with the noise that surrounds the major holidays while still sticking out. Thanks to pre-existing hashtags, it’s also easy to tap into the conversation on social media and encourage customers to join too.
Usher in the New Year
With the New Year comes a flurry of resolutions, many of which involve living a healthier lifestyle. Though health has been at the forefront of many campaigns this year due to the pandemic, January presents another opportunity to double down on pineapple’s nutritional benefits. Share infographics on social media and in email blasts to emphasize the power of vitamin C, and feature pineapple with other nutritious pairings like yogurt or salads. In-store demos that prove how easy healthy cooking can be can help ease concerns of wary at-home chefs and introduce new recipes that they might not otherwise try.
Looking for infographics featuring pineapple’s health benefits? Contact our marketing team for free assets to share on your channels.
If you’re interested in sharing Chestnut Hill Farms pineapples with your customers, get in touch with our sales team today.
Already a Chestnut Hill Farms retailer? Contact our team to learn about marketing during Covid-19, enhancing your displays, and more.
Cut Down on Added Sugars With These Guilt-Free Recipes
Halloween is right around the corner! And it’s no secret that this candy-loaded holiday often results in packing too much sugar. However, it’s still possible to indulge this Halloween with better-for-you foods that are fun and tasty. Want to get your kids excited about eating healthier this Halloween? Read on for delicious Halloween homemade goodies using our favorite culinary sweetener trick: natural sugars in pineapple.(more…)
Uncover the Reality Behind These 5 Tropical Tall Tales
After years of dedicating ourselves to producing the Perfect Pineapple, we think we know a thing or two about everyone’s favorite tropical fruit. That’s why we’re diving into five common myths about pineapple, from how it grows to how to tell when it’s ripe (hint: color matters less than you think.) To separate fact from fiction and become a true pineaple expert, read on.(more…)
Falling Into One of the 5 Main Food Groups, Pineapple Is a Valuable Addition to Our Diets
From vitamin C to bromelain, pineapple is packed full of valuable nutrients and minerals that play an important role in keeping us healthy. In honor of National Pineapple Month this October, we sat down with registered dietician and nutritionist Amanda Perrin of Peace of Nutrition to dig into the details and learn more about the health benefits our favorite fruit has to offer.(more…)
Why We Carve Fruits & Vegetables to Celebrate the Autumn Season
As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, there’s one activity on our minds: pineapple carving. Our favorite tradition to celebrate autumn, pineapple carving is a staple at Chestnut Hill Farms and the perfect way to give your Halloween decorations a tropical twist. However, we aren’t alone in putting a fresh spin on pumpkin carving – from turnips to watermelons, other fruits and vegetables are carved each autumn too. We dove into the history of carving to understand the origin of the spooky tradition, and, of course, checked out a few of the other more unique carving choices.(more…)
For National Fruits and Vegetables Month, Celebrate This Delicious Combo for a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
September is National Fruits and Vegetables month, and it’s the perfect chance to celebrate this irresistible duo. Naturally sweet and full of flavor, pineapple is the perfect addition to veggies for a delicious and tropical combo that’s packed full of nutrition and antioxidants. Plus, the fruit gives any meal a unique twist that everyone will love. Read on for five delicious ways to pair pineapple and veggies for your next meal.(more…)
Tackle life’s busiest moments with these easy meal-prep hacks that will help to cut your cook time in half!
Summer is coming to an end, and the end of the season brings along the hustle and bustle: back to school, back to work, sporting events, after-school activities, and so on. With the changing of the season, it’s essential to be prepared for anything life throws your way. This means meal prepping plenty of delicious eats ahead of time that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, so you’re not stressed about meals when life gets crazy.
Here at Chestnut Hill Farms, we deliver the perfect pineapple that’s as versatile as it is delicious. Pineapple is packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B, and potassium, supporting your immune system, brain health, and more. Even better, our pineapples are ripe and in-season all year long, making it the ideal addition to any meal even with the seasons’ changing.
So, whether you’re meal prepping for breakfast, snacks, or dinner to watch the big game, here are five delicious and easy ways to meal-prep using pineapple!(more…)