Golden Diamond Pineapple
Pineapple is native to the tropical regions of South America. It was introduced into Taiwan farming industry in the late Qing Dynasty. Through the hundred years of farming experience, the locals continue to constantly perfecting the techniques and conduct cross breeds.
The world famous Taiwan “Golden Diamond Pineapple” is a forced flowering crossbreed between the smooth cayenne and the rough. The breeding started in 1995, and was officially introduced on April 10th, 1998, under the official name of “Tainon #17"
The Golden Diamond Pineapple fruit averages 1.4kg, thinly layered skin, sweetness at 14.1°Brix, acidity lower than 0.28%, sugar to acid ratio 50, with an edible soft centre.
Taste and Texture
The fibrous flesh of pineapple is yellow in color and has a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture.
Choose pineapples with dark green leaves, heavy for size. Avoid soft or dark spots and dry looking leaves.
Health Benefits of Pineapples
Fat free, saturated fat free; very low sodium, cholesterol free; high in Vitamin C.
Pineapples lessens risk of hypertension, helps you lose weight, maintains good eye health, fights a lot of diseases, prevents plaque and keeps teeth healthy, cures constipation and irregular bowel movement and keeps your skin beautiful!
Did you know...
Taiwan is known as the Kingdom of Pineapple. Simply due to the fact that we grow the best quality fruits, as well as for breeding new varieties lead by innovation, such as the known sugar apple pineapple, apple pineapple, sugarcane pineapple, and of course, the king of kings, the golden diamond “Tainon #17" pineapple!
Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho
1 large ripe pineapple - peeled, cored and chopped
About 4 small or 1 large English cucumbers - peeled and chopped
1 cup pineapple juice - preferably freshly made
About 1/2 jalapeno - seeded and diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1-2 teaspoons sea salt - to taste
1 green onion - chopped
1 handful cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoons olive oil
- In a food processor, combine 3 cups of each the pineapple and cucumber together with the pineapple juice, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and green onion, blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining pineapple and cucumber, cilantro and 1/2 of the olive oil. Pulse a few times to achieve a chunky texture. Adjust seasoning and chill in the refrigerator.
- Serve garnished with the remaining cilantro and olive oil.