Common Name – White Pineapple, Sugarloaf Pineapple
Hawaiian Name – Hala-kahiki
The White pineapple is prized above all other pineapples by island residents. The super sweet, low acidity fruit has pale yellow flesh that is creamy in texture. Compared to the bright yellow that people typically expect from Gold pineapples, White pineapples have a greenish exterior when fully ripe. This delicious fruit is wonderful fresh or used in prepared dishes.
Pineapples are a Bromeliad which grow from the ground reaching a full height of 3-4 feet. The fruit grows out of the plant on a spike with the fruit on top. There is only one fruit per plant. They have long blade-like leaves and absorb water through their leaves instead of through their roots. Pineapples need full sun and well drained soil. They can be propagated easily and take 12-18 months to reach full maturity.
The outer skin of the pineapple can be peeled off with a knife. The inner fruit can then be sliced or cubed. The inner core of the white pineapple can removed or consumed, unlike a Gold pineapple.
Pineapple has a plethora of uses. The top should be saved to replant. The fruit can be enjoyed fresh, in salads, can be used in baked goods, sauces or reduced for syrup and jelly. The juice is wonderful fresh or used in sauces and marinades or for your favorite cocktail. You can take even take a full pineapple with skin removed and grill it on the barbecue, caramelizing the sugars for a delicious treat.
A ripe white pineapple will have a green outer skin, versus a mostly yellow/orange skin of a Gold pineapple, and will remain more firm at peak than a Gold variety. At ripeness the fruit will be heavier than an unripe fruit of the same size. A good test is to pick up and compare weight of fruits when selecting. A ripe pineapple will have a pleasant fragrance so give the skin a sniff.
Pineapple Starfruit Jelly
White Pineapple and Starfruit Jelly
- 1 White Pineapple, fresh cubed
- 2 Starfruit cubed
- 1/2 cup Lemon juice
- 4 cups Coconut sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet Pectin
- pinch Clove
Blend pineapple and starfruit chunks to create a puree. Add lemon juice and sugar.
In a medium saucepan combine pectin with water and bring to a boil on medium heat. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
Pour pectin mix into the pineapple mixture and stir for about a minute.
Can this mixture according to canning instructions, store and serve whenever!