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September 10th, 2007
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Pineapple-y goodness

Pineapple Mango Salsa
Originally uploaded by netmouse.

A few years ago Bill had this great idea: we would cut off the tops of store-bought pineapples and plant them, and if we did this as often as we ate pineapple, eventually we would have a constantly replenishing supply.

Well, pineapples will grow in Michigan, if you keep them indoors most of the year. They turn out to be huge plants with unfriendly sharp leaves, but we persevered and two of the plants we planted (we stopped after the fourth one) actually got mature and, with a nudge of bitter apple spray, sprouted pineapples. The fruit finally ripened last week, turning a golden color and getting loose on the stem. I took one to Joe and Lisa's barbecue last weekend and cut into the other one yesterday. I made the bottom half of it into a pineapple mango salsa served over Mahi Mahi and ate some of the leftover salsa over salmon tonight for dinner (the picture is of it on the salmon). This is the first time I made a salsa and it was delicious if I may say so myself. Also the first time I cooked Mahi Mahi.



Though I am a bit sad Bill is not here to share in it, I'm glad this multi-year experiment has come to such a good end.

(If anyone wants a pineapple plant, let me know.)

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From:jebra
Date:September 10th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
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I don't have anywhere to put a large plant right now, but hope to later on. When I do, I suspect I'll be thanking you for doing this experiment and will be trying it myself.
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From:blue_duck
Date:September 10th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
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That is too cool!
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From:lauriemann
Date:September 10th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
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A friend of ours brought us a pineapple last fall when she spent a night with us. We left it in a sunny place indoors and watered it. It died this spring anyway.

We aren't really great with most plants, though we've had some last on our deck for a while. I risked buying an orchid back in June which lasted a beautiful few weeks but then it died.
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From:thatguychuck
Date:September 10th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations Anne!
From:kitschicat
Date:September 10th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I have always been tempted to plant a pineapple like you did, but wondered if it would grow fruit in MI. It's fantastic to know that it will, I am going to have to try it! :D I may have to ask you for tips! :)

Your meal there looks AMAZINGLY delish!
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From:netmouse
Date:September 13th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
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If you had clicked on the link about the color, you would have seen this one:

fully grown pineapple, ripe
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From:netmouse
Date:September 14th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
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OMG I love the icon.
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