Now I knew pineapples were a fiber friendly fruit, but I didn’t know just how prolific the Hawaii operation really was to global pineapple distribution.
At the ripe old age of 21, James Dole arrived in Hawaii with $1,500 and a Harvard degree in agriculture. He bought 61 acres of land and experimented with various crops, growing increasingly frustrated with the unforgiving nature of the harsh red dirt of the Hawaiian Islands. Eventually though, he struck gold with pineapple.
Dole revolutionized pineapple distribution through his company’s proliferation of canned pineapple. The iconic American recipe for pineapple upside down cake was the product of a canned pineapple recipe contest sponsored by Dole in 1925, drawing over 60,000 entrants. He purchased the island of Lana’i in 1922, and for over 70 years, Lana’i provided more than 75% of the world’s pineapples.
From a nutritional standpoint, pineapple is pure platinum: 1 cup of pineapple chunks has 80 calories, 2.3 grams of dietary fiber and more than 100% of your daily value for vitamin C.
Even if you don’t have fresh pineapple readily available in your neck of the woods, don’t forget about canned pineapple – making sure to pick up the type that is packed in its own juice, as opposed to sugary syrups.