The Object I’ve chosen is a pineapple. The Context is an usual one, namely a plantation on Maui where they’re grown. And boy, was it Dry (and hot!) out in those fields!
When I’m travelling with Rich and Sue, there’s never time for lying about in the sun. And that’s just the way I like it. The world’s too big and life’s too short to waste time lounging by a pool. There’s always something do to, something to see or somewhere to go. Even on the way to the airport.
So it’s hardly surprising that on the morning we left Maui to fly to the Big Island of Hawai’i last month, we found ourselves surrounded by wonderful pineapples.
Our Hali’imaile (Maui Gold) Pineapple Plantation tour dove straight in, with a bumpy ride around the dirt roads of the pineapple fields. Along the way, and with frequent stops, our entertaining guide Zsa Zsa filled us in on the lifecycle of a pineapple plant and the back-breaking work that goes into cultivating them. I can’t imagine labouring out in those fields, bent double for hours on end, unprotected from the dry, roasting heat and wearing the heavy clothing needed to fend off the prickly pineapple leaves.
Of course, the highlight of the tour was trying some pineapple, picked fresh from the plant, and deftly carved by Zsa Zsa and her wicked-looking machete! Mmmm, but it was tasty. And more than a little juicy! Just what we needed to lubricate our Dry, dusty mouths
We learned which part of the pineapple is the most flavoursome. And also that pineapples stop ripening the moment they’re picked.
Then it was off for a quick stop at the processing and shipping plant, where we were each presented with a little something to take away with us… A Maui Gold Pineapple!
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