This pineapple was grown at Finca Corsicana, an organic and Fair Trade Certified ™ farm in central Costa Rica. Corsicana is the primary supplier of Whole Trade Organic pineapple to Whole Foods Market. The farm was founded in 1991 and has pioneered organic pineapple production in Costa Rica. The farm covers approximately 3000 acres near the small town of La Virgen and employs more than 300 people full time.
Ripe and Ready to Eat When Green
This fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness. Organic production prohibits the use of ripening agents, which give other pineapple its bright gold shell color. This organic fruit is ripe and ready to eat when green on the outside — if you don’t believe us, ask for a taste!
Pineapple With a Purpose
The Fair Trade certification verifies that a part of our purchase price is passed through to a fund controlled directly by the workers on the farm. The workers vote on how to invest the money to benefit their communities. The workers at Finca Corsicana have decided to use these funds to build a community center which will offer classes in english and computer skills to workers and their families.
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Choose fresh-looking pineapples with green leaves and firm fruit. Pineapples are picked when ripe and do not continue ripening after harvest. Even green pineapples are ripe! Avoid pineapples that appear dry, wrinkly or that have soft spots or yellowing leaves.
Although they may appear tough, pineapples are very perishable and they do not continue ripening once they are cut from the plant. If stored at room temperature it should be used within two days. If refrigerated in a perforated plastic bag, it can last up to five days. Freeze fresh-cut pineapple in juice or syrup for up to six months, though it will lose some flavor.
To cut fresh pineapple, first chop off the crown and base with a sharp, serrated knife. Then slice off the skin in a downward motion, making sure to cut deeply enough to remove the eyes, following the fruit’s curvature. Dig out any remaining eyes or woody bits. Next slice the pineapple in half lengthwise and trim away the tough center core. Use the remaining flesh. Pineapple makes a wonderful addition to yogurt, fruit salads, juices, baked sweets, preserves and many other recipes.
Pineapple is a good source of fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese.
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