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Combat Colds with a Delicious Pineapple Dessert

Tis the season of springtime. Changing weather and pollen abounds, challenging our senses to combat colds and seasonal allergies. Enjoy a healthy dessert option that will help you fight off what may be drifting in the late winter meets early spring air.

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5 Amazing Pineapple Health Facts for Year-long Benefits

Pineapples are not only delicious, but also have a plethora of health benefits. Check out the video below for 5 pineapple health facts you may not be as familiar with. (i.e., did you know pineapple can reduce eye fatigue? Rest your eyes on that!)


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Make Your Own Pineapple Cocktail Keg

The Perfect Pineapple Keg

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Entertaining just became even more exciting now that Food Network has released a brilliant idea: the pineapple keg. Simple, impressive, and efficient, this concept has everything you need to impress your guests. All you need is a Chestnut Hill Farms Perfect Pineapple, a beverage dispenser (such as the one for $9.99 on Amazon here), and the cocktail recipe of your choice (try it with our Tiki Holiday Pineapple Punch recipe!).


  1. Cut the top off your Perfect Pineapple
  2. Core your pineapple (we recommend using an easy pineapple corer slicer)
  3. Put the fruit that you remove from the pineapple into a bowl – set aside
  4. Tap the pineapple by screwing in the tap on the side of the fruit
  5. Add your favorite pineapple cocktail into the pineapple keg, pour, and enjoy!

View the full video from Food Network.

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Make Your Own Pineapple Candy Corn

Traditional candy corn is so 2013. Enjoy a sweet, healthy alternative to condensed sugar this Halloween utilizing fresh, delicious pineapple. Create your own snackable fruit pops, or layer your candy corn creation in a cup and grab on the go.

Halloween Candy

Candy Corn Fruit Pops


Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple, sliced
1 Banana
Lollipop Sticks


Cut pieces from the pineapple slices. Then cut the cantaloupe to fit on top. Do the same with the banana so the shape looks like a candy corn. Push in the stick to hold together. Slice up the rest of the fruit & place it in a bowl. Push the candy corn pops in fruit to stand up.

Original recipe from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.


Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail


Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple, cut into bite size-pieces
Orange slices
Candy Corn
Whipped cream


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.

Original recipe from Family Fresh Meals


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2016: The Year of the Pineapple

The New Year is almost upon us!

Many of us have prepared for 2016 by drafting new year’s resolutions. And you know what? I agree with the tradition. There really is something magically inspiring and motivating about resolutions! In fact, down here on the farm, we have a few “new beginning” traditions and customs that we follow on December 31st.

Among them are some fun ones such as crossing the neighborhood street with a suitcase in hand to ensure travelling in the coming year. Or sweeping the entire house to sway away past evils. Many people here in Costa Rica even make it a point to ring in midnight with yellow underwear for good luck in the months ahead.

Maybe these customs aren’t exactly your cup of tea, but there is one thing you can’t deny: Taking steps to better yourself is always a smart thing! Among your own resolutions, we’re pretty certain that “eating better” or “making healthier choices” is on your list. And that’s terrific!

So, alright then. In 2016, introduce more fresh produce to your diet! We’re partial of course, but pineapple will really be a great addition to your fruit basket this year. As the year continues, check Lloyd’s Corner for more reasons on how this star food can help you. (Can’t wait? Check out a few health posts from 2015 here, here and here.)

Without further ado, from our family to yours:


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Dr. Lloyd


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Vitamin C: Pineapples Say A Mouthful

It’s pretty well known that Vitamin C is an essential nutrient. Some might even argue that Vitamin C is the “power-house vitamin.” Doing everything from serving as an antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage to boosting the immune system, Vitamin C is vital in building human tissue and repairing it.

Pineapples are a great source of Vitamin C! Due to their high Vitamin C content, pineapples can positively assist a plethora of bodily functions. (Here’s some to name a few).

In today’s post, we wanted to focus specifically on how pineapple consumption can benefit oral health. That’s right. Your tongue knows what’s good for it!

Aside from its delicious taste, this lip-smacking fruit’s Vitamin C contribution can even reduce your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Vitamin C also increases the body’s ability to fight invading bacteria that contribute to such oral diseases, especially gum disease.

Does it replace going to the dentist? You wish. Of course not! But with a toothbrush, floss and –surprisingly– a few slices of pineapple a day, your mouth will be thanking you!

Dr. Lloyd Berg  

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Come Visit Us @ Booth #459 This Weekend!

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In Atlanta for the weekend? Well if you are, you’re in for a real treat!

The 2015 PMA Fresh Summit kicks off tomorrow, Friday, October 23 at the Georgia World Congress and with it a gatherings of the industry at the world’s largest produce trade show.

Chestnut Hill Farms will be exhibiting during the event (#Booth 459) and will be joined by local juice experts, Rawesome Juicery. Together, we’ll be serving up some of the tastiest cold-press juices on the floor. Recipes featuring The Perfect Pineapple were created by Rawesome Juicery and include:

The Refresh: Pineapple, Mint, Lime, Apple, Chlorophyll

The Pura Vida: Pineapple, Orange Juice, Cactus Fruit, Ginger

The Pain Killer (Smoothie): Pineapple, Coconut Cream, Orange Juice, Nutmeg

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Why juice? As our partners at Rawesome so eloquently put it:

“When we consume whole foods our system immediately recognizes it as familiar and can utilize its nutrients immediately.

This is the number one reason why everyone should juice! It allows the system to rest and catch up on other issues in the body that need repair. Fresh pressed juice is absorbed within minutes, giving your system a reboost of vital vitamins and minerals.”

If you’re around, please stop by and say hello!

Hope to see you there,

Dr. Lloyd

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Keep Heart Healthy

In the United States alone, there are more than 3 million cases of vascular disease reported each year. Often associated with vascular disease are blood clots. Now let’s be fair – blood clots are healthy and lifesaving when they stop bleeding. But they can also form when they aren’t needed. That’s when things get tricky. Blood clots can also cause a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical problems.

Why do blood clots form? Causes of blood clots may include certain heart conditions, pregnancy, prolonged immobility, smoking, certain medications, surgery and inherited blood clotting disorders.

For some of those causes, there’s not much you can do to prevent a clot from possibly happening. But for others, believe it or not, pineapple can help!

A proactive and very natural approach, consuming pineapples has been proven to reduce the risk of blood clots by thinning the blood. Get ready, because here we go with that bromelain again. (It’s a very, very busy enzyme)!

Bromelain helps to trigger an anti-inflammatory response. Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers, pregnant women, long-time “sitters” and others at risk for blood clots.

Actually, this is one reason why you will almost always see flight attendants have a full stock of pineapple juice.

Neat fact, right? The more you know!

Dr. Lloyd

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Battling Crohn’s Disease with Plantains

plantain_pic1We’re going to switch it up a bit on Lloyd’s Corner from our usual discussions about pineapple perks to verse our readers a bit more on another versatile fruit we carry here at Chestnut Hill Farms – the all-purpose plantain.

For those that aren’t as familiar with plantains, get ready to have your world rocked by what we loving like to call “banana’s big brother.” Starchy and low in sugar, plantains are cooked before eating. This tropical fruit is a staple in Caribbean and Latin American dishes and have inspired a variety of culinary creations, most recently in the United States.

In the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some recipes and fun facts about plantains, much like we have with pineapples. However, this week, we wanted to get right to the nuts and bolts of how beneficial plantains can be for your gut. That’s right, your gut!

Plantains & Digestive Disorders

Discussions about gut health have become more and more popular as, unfortunately, more people are being diagnosed with digestive orders. In North America alone about seven in every 100,000 people suffer from Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disorder. People who suffer from this disease experience pain and digestive discomfort on a regular basis.

The pain comes as a result of a constant, unnatural battle between the immune system and bacteria (even good bacteria) in the intestines. So as a result, the bowel lining becomes a battleground where the immune system is constantly attacking bacteria that attach to it.

Research now suggests that the soluble fibers from plantain plants may block a key stage in the development of Crohn’s disease. By testing to see if the fibers could reduce the movement of E. coli bacteria across cells lining the bowel, they found that plantain fibers prevented E. coli movement by between 45% and 82%. The lack of movement meant that the plantains were almost “overriding” the Crohn’s need to rid the body of bacteria and as a result fight its effects.

A major win for those dealing with Crohn’s disease in their daily life, the study allows plantains to become a safe and healthy part of anyone’s diet with “sensitive” stomachs.

Interesting to see how fresh produce can help alleviate even the most painful disorders, huh? We will be posting some tasty recipes to make the science a bit more applicable to daily life soon.

Stay tuned!

Dr. Lloyd

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Looking for a Vitamin C Source?

For the average person not as versed in nutritional science, we’re willing to bet that certain vitamins and minerals are associated with one predominant body function – such as calcium and Vitamin D are with bone health or iron with muscle performance. Likewise, certain vitamins and minerals tend to have their own “poster child” in the grocery aisle. In the above example, usually dairy and meat products come to mind.

Among the many nutrients we need to discuss on a daily basis, sometimes overlooked – for all purposes of the word – is the very important Vitamin C. Usually seen as the best way to boost immunity and get over the common cold, Vitamin C also plays a vital role in vision health. And what lip-smacking fruit at your local grocer provides great amounts of Vitamin C? You guessed it – pineapples!

Why is Vitamin C important to eye health? Virtually all cells of the body depend on Vitamin C, including those of the eye where it is actively concentrated in all tissues and supports the health of ocular blood vessels.

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Take care of your eyes! Pineapples have plenty of Vitamin C which is good for eye health.

Evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss. Poor eating habits, smoking, diabetes and use of steroids have actually increased these risks in recent years, causing experts to believe that rates are expected to triple by 2025 – making Vitamin C intake more important than ever.

Pineapple contains 78.9 mg of Vitamin C, which is actually more than oranges – its usual “spokesfruit.” In addition to its flavorful taste and versatile preparation methods, pineapples have plenty of more health benefits not commonly known.

Want to know more? Take a bite of pineapple today and (excellently) view those other pineapple health facts here.


Dr. Lloyd

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