Week 5 in Honiara and we’re still living by the suitcases in nice hotel. So glad that we finally move to small apartment which had small kitchen (with basic and small cooking utensil) because at least I can cook and start do some experiment in my laboratory 🙂 yay!!!
But today, what I am going to share is no need to cook. Today is about my favorite tropical fruit; the Pineapple. Oh my… I can not stop munching fresh slicing of yellow pineapple. It’s so goog, sweet and sour, so refreshing especially if you put in the fridge first a while before you eat it. What better than fresh cold fruit in the hot day?
Pineapple is considering always available all year long (In tropical Island like here in Solomons, there are only two seasons; dry and rainy season) The main pineapple season is between January to June and also on September to December, with the peak harvest on October – December. Most of pinepple in Honiara comes from Malaita Province – the north east of Guadalcanal Island where Honiara the capital city is located. Malaita Province can produce up to 400,000 fruits per year. Beside for lical consumption, Malaita shipped the pineapples to Honiara and also export it to Australia. I learn there was a plan to build a juice factory in Auki – provincial city in Malaita – as well as factory of pineapple jam in Honiara but no sure the progress though.
If you go to Honiara Central Market’ you’ll see lots of pineapples with different varieties, colors, sizes and prices. The pineapples are sold avcording to its size, normally around 10 – 25SBD (Solomon Dollar with 1USD =7.2 SBD). According to the vendors the price in Auki Market in Malaita province is 2-10 SBD only :).
Though Solomons have abundant of pineapple, from what I observed, cut and slice is the only way how locals enjoy the pineapple. In some cafes managed and or often visited by expat, they served some fruits salad and juice / smoothy with pineapple as one its ingredients. But i never saw cake or food( dish) with pineapple here 🙂
There are lots of theories on how to pick a good pineapple, but for me it’s easy. Choose a pineapple with yellow skin, sweet smeel at the end of stem, no bruises, free of soft spot and quite heavy for its size (meaning the fruit is juicy). After i bought a pineapple, I usually store it for 1-2 days on room temperature, to make it softer and juicer. The larger size of pineapple, the more flesh you can eat, so make sure you buy the big one as yo need a little effort to cut and peel the pineapple :). Here the link how to cut the pineapple
Pineapple that has been cut and peel up should be put on the airtightcontainer and stored in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 2-3 days. If eating pineapple hurt you tounge, please spinkle the pineapple with salt soon after you peel it, leave it for few second then rinse with drinking water. It will take away the accic twang.
These are some ways my family and I enjoy the pineapple
Simply cut and slice, put make sure you put on the fridge first a while before you eat. It will make a big different.
Sprinkle the pineapple slices with cayenne or chili powder. This is how indonesian enjoy the pineapple, we called it “Rujak”
Fruits salad, anykind of fruit you have, add with honey or yougurt
Juice and smoothie
Pineapple + watermelon + lime
Pineapple + banana + papaya + cinnamon
Pineapple + bok choy / other green leaves such as kalee, spinach, ect
Pineapple on sweet and sour fish/chicken
Pineapple pickles or “asinan nanas”
Pineapple tart or “nastar” ohh i can not wat to make and eat this sinful sweet treat again 🙂
Next week I’ll share the recipes of pineapple tart, but for now, please try one of my favorite Juice; pineapple with bok choy. It’s very easy 🙂 but very nice and refreshing 🙂
One cup bok choy, 3 cups pineapple, 2-3 tablespoon sugar or honey (I didn’t use it since my pineapple is sweet enough) and 2 cups cold water
How to : Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. That’s it and ready to enjoy!! ( for 4 -5 cups)