Do you know your Taiwanese pineapple varieties?
Whether eaten as fruit, used in cooking or made into a dessert, everyone has been eating their fill of pineapple recently. However, do you know which variety of the prickly fruit you have been eating or which variety tops the charts as Taiwan’s most prized export variety? Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co has put together a Facebook post to give the public a quick rundown of the most common varieties of pineapple found on these islands.
‧ Golden Diamond Pineapple (Tainung No. 17)
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The fruit has a conical appearance and its flesh is golden yellow, sweet and juicy. The optimum time to taste this fruit is between April and May. The Golden Diamond Pineapple is the most widely produced of Taiwan’s pineapple varieties and wears the crown as the nation’s number one export variety.
‧ Sweet Honey Pineapple (Tainung No. 16)
This pineapple is cylindrical in shape. Its flesh has delicate fibers and the taste is extremely sweet. The best time of year to eat this archetypal variety of Taiwanese pineapple is between June and August.
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‧ Milky Pineapple (Tainung No. 20)
Cylindrical in shape, the Milky Pineapple has a thin rind and its flesh is white in color, fine-fibered and extremely sweet. The best time to sample this variety is between July and September.
‧ Watermelon Pineapple
Commonly referred to as “baijiezai,” it is also known as the “Hulk” of the pineapple world. The harvest season for this variety is between July and September. Its external appearance is fat and cylindrical with a dark green rind and the flesh is delicate and sweet. The Watermelon Pineapple is extremely hefty: three times the weight of a Golden Diamond Pineapple.
‧ Mango Pineapple (Tainung No. 23)
Short and cylindrical in shape, this variety has soft, yellow-colored flesh made of delicate fibers and a unique mango fragrance. The Mango Pineapple holds up well in storage, giving this variety plenty of export potential.
‧ Cayenne Pineapple
Also known as a “native pineapple” or “traditional pineapple,” the Cayenne Pineapple has a cylindrical appearance, coarsely fibered flesh and a pronounced acidity to its flavor profile. It is chiefly used to for canned pineapples and to make pineapple cakes.
‧ Winter Honey Pineapple
(Tainung No. 13 / Sugar Cane Pineapple)
Shaped like a cone, the Winter Honey Pineapple has long, strait leaves. Its flesh is golden yellow with slightly course fibers and the flavor is intense. This variety is suited to planting during the winter and is known as the “Elsa” of the pineapple world after the character in the Disney movie Frozen.
(Translated by Edward Jones)
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