Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pineapple Popsicles and Pineapple Tea

It’s Pineapple Season! Usually, in the months between March and June, you’ll find this tropical fruit on sale and at it’s peak perfection. It is good for your immune system (Vitamin C) and helps build strong healthy bones because just one cup contains 73% of the daily recommended amount of the mineral manganese. It is also known to help suppress coughs and alleviate cold symptoms.
Doesn’t pineapple always looks so tasty sitting at the grocery store? I usually can’t resist buying several pineapples every month when they are in season. When I finally get them home though, I usually realize that I’m pretty much the only one likes them and I have a tinge of regret. So I thought of some ways to get this super delicious and nutritious food into a form that everyone will love.
Last week, I used the pineapple rinds (yes, the rinds!) to make an amazing Pineapple Tea. Today, I made pineapple popsicles.
Here’s how to make them:
pineapple
Pineapple Tea
Get a nice ripe pineapple (preferably organic since we’re using the rind) and wash it well. Cut off the top and throw it away. Cut off the rind in big chunks. Take the rinds and put them into a freezer-safe bag, you can freeze the for up to a few months depending on the temp of your freezer.
Take a big chunk of the rind (maybe about the size of your palm) and use a knife to carve some criss-crosses on the pineapple side of the rind. Combine it with about 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat a little. Let it simmer until you can really start to smell the pineapple (about 10-15 minutes). Let sit for another 10 minutes.
When you serve yourself a cup, add sugar to taste. It usually only needs half a teaspoon. I usually refrigerate the rest and we can have tea anytime! Try substituting your morning coffee for some sweet tea.
Pineapple Frozen Pops

You can use frozen, fresh, or canned pineapple. The amount of pineapple will depend on what you are using for your Popsicle mold. If you don’t have Popsicle molds, you can use little disposable cups and Popsicle sticks. I used:
2 cups of Fresh Pineapple, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup sugar, and about 1 cup water. Put the ingredients into a blender, or into a quart-sized container if you own an awesome hand blender, like I do. Next, put the mixture through a strainer. Pour the mixture into your molds, freeze, and once they are frozen, enjoy!


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