As promised, I just had Jim video me picking and slicing open the gorgeous white pineapple I have been talking about for a few months now. I hate having my picture taken but I braved the video (which is even worse!) because I really wanted you to experience the final occasion, and I couldn't get Jim to do it for me, ugh!
It weighed in at an impressive 7 1/2 pounds! You can't quite see that on the video as the angle was wrong. I guessed it would be 5 pounds but it surpassed my estimate greatly. This is the largest pineapple we have ever grown.
When I took the first slice I just knew it was going to be at the perfect ripeness. I wish you could taste and smell it. I brought it in the house after the video and the whole house is fragrant now with the sweet smell. We had some with breakfast. The taste is hard to explain, but you know how it is when you eat a regular yellow pineapple, sometimes you feel like the acid in it is eating away at your tongue and mouth? Well, white pineapples don't have much of that at all. Their acid content must be a lot lower, you can still feel it a little, but not nearly as much. They are also a lot sweeter tasting to me.
I also took a picture of the plant after we harvested the pineapple. You can see all the suckers that have grown out the sides of the plant. This one has quite a few! Eight to be exact. Usually they don't get this many. There are four or five small ones, and the ones that came out earlier are quite large and you can't tell in the picture they are suckers. They look like regular leaves. For some reason this plant decided just to take off and get huge and did everything in a big way. Maybe it's those mac nut husks I have been spreading around in the garden for mulch. I think they work very well!
We will be separating the suckers and planting them individually. They grow much faster than the tops of the pineapple fruit and will probably bear fruit in half the time. I'll have to get a large area ready since there are so many of them. A nice problem to have!
That was fun, I hope you don't laugh at my video too hard! I hope to do some other ones in the future. If you have anything you are curious about that grows in Hawaii, let me know. Maybe we can produce another video, or at least a journal post. The coffee is starting to ripen, that might be interesting. It's a long process! That reminds me, I need to order a cherry pitter pronto! I had someone give me a helpful hint last year that it's the easiest way to husk them. I have been doing it by hand individually, your fingers really start to hurt after a while!