Pineapple has been a favorite fruit of mine for as long as I can remember. I love the sweet tangy juice that drips from the flesh as I bite into large chunks that I cut from the fruit. My family loves it too. In fact, my daughter bought four of them during our recent week long vacation to the island of Maui in Hawaii. Believe me, we ate every bite!



Young pineapple growing in Maui.

Young pineapple growing in Maui.


Hawaii used to be a leader in pineapple production for over two hundred years. In fact, “Hawaii was responsible for 80 percent of the world’s pineapple production” during the 1960s. Today it only accounts for 2 percent.


On the other hand, India is one of the world’s top pineapple producers. Pineapples even grow wild across the state of Kerala. They are eaten raw as dessert after a meal or cooked in a side dish that accompanies a meal. Some of the most popular recipes in Kerala include:


  • Kichadi (recipe in my cookbook, Kachi’s Kitchen, pineapple and coconut cooked in yogurt and seasoned with mustard seeds)
  • Pachadi (pineapple, coconut and mustard seeds cooked in yogurt)
  • Pineapple rice (pineapple added to plain rice with some spices)
  • Pineapple raita (made fresh with yogurt)
  • Pineapple payasam (cooked as a sweet pudding)

This leads me to the purpose of focusing this post on pineapples. Even though my family ate them every day during our trip and we tasted some pineapple wine at the local winery, Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. This charming winery started growing grapes to make wine back in 1974. While they were waiting for the grapes to grow, they tried making wine from pineapples that grow on this island paradise.

Tedeschi Vineyard's Hula O'Maui wine.

Tedeschi Vineyard’s Hula O’Maui wine.


Tedeschi Vineyards makes three tasty wines from pineapple.Our favorite is an excellent selection to pair with this month’s South Indian recipe of the Month – Spicy Grilled Swordfish. Called Hula O’Maui, it is a crisp, sparkling wine that would be great with a spicy or bold entree. 


Their other pineapple wines are Maui Blanc and Maui Splash! would be excellent picks as well. All of them are easy to drink and a delightful change from the every day selections. If these wines are not available in your local store, the vineyard ships to many states.


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