Christopher Columbus called it piña when he found it in the Caribbean. Today, we call it the pineapple, and it’s one of America’s favorite tropical fruits. A special message brought to you by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.
Christopher Columbus called it piña when he found it in the Caribbean. Today, we call it the pineapple, and it’s one of America’s favorite tropical fruits. Consumers love the pinecone-like fruit for its bright blend of sweetness and tartness and they are increasingly enjoying it anytime, anywhere. Restaurants of all kinds now offer this once-exotic treat on their menus all year long—slicing it on top of sandwiches and open-face melts, tossing it in salads, blending it in smoothies, and of course, serving it in its natural juices as a fruit starter or sweet meal ender. Others use fresh pineapple to balance out savory or spicy flavors in ethnic dishes, such as Shrimp Pineapple Curry, Pollo en Piña (Chicken in Pineapple), or Pineapple Fried Rice. Uncertainty about how to pick a perfect pineapple might have once made restaurant operators reluctant to add this foreign fruit to their menus. Fortunately, today they can leave the task to top suppliers. These experts not only specialize in sourcing just the right fruit at the right time, but have even developed unique varieties, such as the Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, that consistently deliver the sweetest, premium fruit no matter the season. So go ahead—add a slice or dice of fresh pineapple to your menu and give your customers more ways to enjoy this vibrant tropical fruit and more reasons to return to your restaurant. Also, keep your eyes open for the Del Monte Gold for Gold Sweepstakes!