Since June 27 is National Pineapple Day, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to our newest Tippin’s pie: Pineapple Pie!
We don’t introduce new pies every day, so that makes this a special occasion. Why pineapple? Well, our bakers like to experiment. And when they tasted this delectable new pineapple creation, they knew it would live up to the Tippin’s name.
Our new Pineapple Pie features juicy chunks of Dole® Tropical Gold® pineapple. We fold the pineapple chunks and pineapple juice into our made-from-scratch filling, cook it slowly to bring out the flavors, and then bake the filling inside our tender and flaky double crust.
Pineapple pie may sound unusual, but everyone who tries our version loves it.
To celebrate the introduction of Tippin’s Pineapple Pie, we did a little research into pineapples. Here’s what we learned:
Origins of the Pineapple
Christopher Columbus often gets credit for discovering the pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea in 1493. Other sources give credit to Magellan for discovering the fruit in Brazil in 1519.
The people of Europe quickly became fans of the pineapple’s natural sweetness but found that pineapples did not grow well in their climate.
American James Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901 and eventually began canning pineapple, which made it more accessible to people throughout the U.S. and around the world.
How Pineapples Grow
Think pineapples grow on trees? Actually, they grow from plants with sword-like leaves that funnel water to the pineapple. The fruit forms from flowers clustering together and fusing into a pineapple. The “crown” or top of the pineapple contains a bunch of spiky short leaves.
It can take 13 to 16 months to grow a single pineapple. They grow in warm climates in countries like Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Hawaii. Offshoots of the pineapple plants are planted by hand and the fruit is harvested by hand.
Watch this video from Dole to learn more about the pineapple planting and growing process.
Symbol of Hospitality
Since the pineapple required a temperate climate and a long growing season, and before the time of refrigerated shipping, fresh pineapple was considered a luxury for many years.
Often, instead of being served as food, pineapples were displayed as centerpieces at dinner parties. Seeing the fruit was a sign that the hosts had spared no expense in preparing for guests. The pineapple became a symbol of welcome, friendship and hospitality.
Try a Slice of Pineapple Pie
So what would be the perfect pie to welcome your guests, or to bring to a family gathering? Tippin’s Pineapple Pie, of course!
Starting in mid-July 2018, this new pie will be available at just a few select retailers:
- Hen House Market stores in Kansas City – August
- Price Chopper stores in Kansas City (look for KC Pride by Tippin’s) – mid-July
- Reasor’s stores in and around Tulsa, Okla. – mid-July
Or check our Pie Finder to find one of these stores near you. We’ll keep you updated as more stores start to offer this tropical treat.
And if you have the chance to try our pineapple pie, please do – you’ll be glad you did!