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Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2017 at 10:57am

Aha! Hala-kahiki is also not ananas. 

Comment by that angry buddha guy on February 17, 2017 at 11:08am

2nd best? ... not really. pineapple had it's origin in south america and the original strain, before modification and selective breeding is as good if not better than that grown in the islands, before or after dole regime. Hawaii was chosen as the center of dole because it was available fertile soil and the labor cost were minimal, strictly business.
it was captain cook that introduced the pineapple to the hawaiin islands.

Comment by nerd cred on February 17, 2017 at 11:56am

Well that's all interesting, Maui and tabg. South America? Really.

Maui - even if not originating there, the history of pineapple in HI sounds interesting - including what you say about the cost of US labor. Relative to the cost of native Hawaiian labor you seem to mean. That raises the question of very low wages for natives.

Ron - thanks for all the background. I'm not going to be making any fancy bananas, though.

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on February 17, 2017 at 12:04pm

Quite apparently, piña suffers by way of the same comparison.

Comment by Myriad on February 17, 2017 at 12:08pm

We couldn't use any variation of ananas because of bananas.  But "pineapple" makes no sense (also grapefruit) (let alone grapefruit nuts)

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 17, 2017 at 3:27pm

Actually NC the Hawaiians bailed on the Pineapple and Sugar plantations from the outset- we would not be doing that kind of work even though it led to some really big challenges for us as a result of that decision. Instead, a series of immigrant groups, the descendants of whom now make up modern Hawaii, were brought in to do the backbreaking work. As far as the wages we fought and killed and were killed along with our ILWU brothers and sisters with Bridges in San Francisco and elsewhere. As a result we were the highest paid pineapple workers on the planet by far, and so could not compete anymore on price. Philippines, Southeast Asia- check the can to see where it comes from.

Nothing like fresh pineapple though. If you want to know when they're ripe when the leaves come out easily from the crown the time to eat is now. I've had them all over the world, nothing ever quite like an organic Maui Gold though.

Comment by nerd cred on February 17, 2017 at 4:39pm

pinanas?

Myriad - grape nuts maybe? Those old kellogs cereals often have interesting origin stories.

Maui - I mostly eat dried pineapple and can't recall ever seeing origin labels. I'll check closer next time. And fresh - that should be easy. The last time I bought canned was for a dog eating his poop. He didn't like it. But he loved dried bananas!

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