Since my last visit, farmer Tim Rowan has added another raised bed of pineapple tops and hapas (pups). Dozens more were potted up and waiting to get planted. His goal is to have over 100 plants in the ground, and maybe, just maybe start selling fruit next year. Right now he’s giving fruit away to family, friends and co-workers. (Sly man, that’s how he gets people hooked!)
Tim gave me some pineapple to try. These were a different variety, smaller and more square-shaped than the 9 pound monster from before. They looked more like what one would find at a grocery, but that’s where the comparison ends. Tim’s pineapples are allowed to ripen naturally and are aromatic, sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor. Nothing like home grown!
Recently Tim’s pineapple plantation was featured in a one-page article in the latest issue of Edible South Florida. You can find the magazine for free at Whole Foods, among other places. Or download a pdf of the article here pineapple (file size 668 kb).