I LOVE fresh pineapple and enjoy pineapple grilled, baked, broiled, poached, roasted, sautéed, stir-fried and in my pineapple ginger iced tea. That pretty much tells you how versatile pineapple is in the kitchen. The taste of a ripe pineapple is amazingly juicy, delicious, and has the right balance between sweet and tart.
With spring’s arrival, Hawaiian pineapple is in season and the iced tea season is starting. Ginger iced tea not only tastes great, but as an additional benefit, I’m using the pineapple core. Another small contribution to say “no” to food waste.
The core is a little harder than the fleshy part of the fruit, but has the same amount of nutrients as the pineapple flesh. Pineapple packs powerful health benefits; it’s loaded with vitamin C and important minerals.
Iced tea is a refreshing beverage that is most popular in the heat of the summer. However, I don’t think there is any specific season for iced tea; I drink it all year around. Making pineapple ginger iced tea gives me another reason to use my Vitamix. I love my Vitamix! There is nothing this blender can’t tackle, this thing is a beast.. Super loud though. Believe it or not, my wife is actually afraid of the blender.
You want to select ripe pineapples that are bright in appearance, not dull or dingy looking. A ripe pineapple is fragrant and has a dark yellow-orange color. Never buy a pineapple with a sour or fermented smell. There are people that think it’s alright to purchase a green pineapple. However the truth is, that if the pineapple is harvested while it’s green the fruit will never reach its peak ripeness. It just won’t be the sweetest, juiciest pineapple that you’ve ever tasted. Remember pineapple will not continue to ripen at home. Keeping the pineapple for a day or two at room temperature will make it softer and juicer, but not sweeter. During cooler months, add cinnamon to your pineapple ginger tea and enjoy as a hot beverage.
Both green tea and ginger are known for their health benefits, which scientific evidence supports. Pineapple ginger iced tea has the extra wellness benefit of ginger making it a great beverage that can be enjoyed all year around.
Fun pineapple core uses:
Slice pineapple core into 1 inch pieces, place in freezer and then use as ice cubes. Or use pineapple core in a smoothie.
Nutritional’s are for a 8 ounce serving of delicious, not to sweet, full of flavor, pineapple ginger iced tea.