Saturday, September 02, 2006

Food - Sarikei Pineapples

Sarikei Pineapple 2004 - From my humble garden

Sarikei Pineapples - From a massive plantatation

Pineapples are apparently native to South America. Its name came about because of its resemblence to the pine cone. The Sarikei pineapple (usually Nanas Madu) bears testament to the success of the agricultural industry. It has a sugar content of 17% and low acid. The Sarikei variety is from the Maruritious which thrive in peat soil which is inundated with salty water once to twice a year. The pineapple juice can be fermented into an alcoholic beverage.

Sarikei Pineapple late 1900's - Balacing act to the market (near the bus terminal)

The Sarikei pineapple has a spiky skin of several hexagonal sections and is crowned with a sexy rosette of green leaves. The easy way to remove the crown is to hold the fruit and whack the crown against something hard. Hawkers usually display the pineapples with the crown intact on the floor.

Sarikei Pineapple 2006 - Traditional way of serving (source: Chen)

Pineapple 2006 - Kunming, China style of serving

To serve pineapples, remove the "eyes" by cutting diagonal grooves the traditional way. It's best served chilled with a sprinkle of salt. In Kunming, China, I saw hawkers removing the "eyes" with a stainless steel scoop (the scoop costs RM$4) and serving them on skewers. Are Sarikei pineapples the best in the world? It is subjective based on your personal eye, oops, I mean taste for the fruit. That's food for thought.

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Daniel Yiek said...

Sorry for the lack of posts this week due to my travel. Anyway, go down memory lane with the pineapples.

Sim Y said...

Thanks for the feast to my eyes. I thought the traditional way of serving was first rubbed the fruit with some salt, cut to smaller pieces, used the toothpicks.

Daniel Yiek said...

I think the traditional way of cutting varies by family. My family cut it the way shown in the pic.

In Hawaii canneries, they simply cut deep (straight down) to remove the "eyes" and a lot of the edible flesh. They then can the fruit in concentric circles. I have yet to see Sarikei pineapples in cans. Has anyone seen it?

Kong said...

You asked about which is the best pineapple in the world and I think I have that answer for you: It's Bario Pineapple.

My parent had been to Hawaii and didn't think very highly of their pineapple. So I take it theirs aren't better than our Sarikei Pineapple.

The Sarikei Pineapple may be crunchy but have sourness in it. The equally famed Sawi pineapple may be far sweeter but it's very mushy. The Bario Pineapple has the best of everything i.e., crunchy, juicy and sweet.

Apparently, this writer agrees with me:

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