THE MD2 PINEAPPLE
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Pineapple consumption is increasing constantly due to availability from a number of countries like Costa Rica, Thailand, Caribbean countries and even Honduras. Hawaii pineapples are mostly used locally since shipping costs tend to be high. Del Monte scientists have recently developed a new strain that is sweeter than regular varieties, always grows to a uniform size and ripens evenly.
In short, this strain was developed for a target market looking for extra sweet fruit, uniform in size and ripeness.
In addition to being sweeter than regular pineapples, MD2 has less acidity and a more complex taste and distinct coconut flavour . Del Monte Gold (Trade Mark) contains four times the vitamin C of regular varieties. You could call MD2 a “designer pineapple”, developed for “modern” people, who like sweet food and crave complex flavours.
For the privilege of eating a sweeter than usual pineapple you must pay twice as much. Privileges come with a price tag.
Article contributed by Hrayr Berberoglu, a Professor Emeritus of Hospitality and Tourism Management specializing in Food and Beverage. Books by H. Berberoglu