Growing fresh Pineapples

By | 30 July 2017

More and more people are growing small gardens in Dubai and are enjoying making great tasting dishes with plants that they grow. You need not be a professional farmer to grow your own, just a little Tender love and Care can have you on your way to picking fresh veggies from your very own garden.

Pineapples are evergreen flowering, succulent, herbaceous, perennial shrubs with arching foliage and a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.

Environment Adaption: Full to partial shade. This plant will require protection during establishment period, particularly from the mid-summer sun. After establishment, this plant can stand full sun in humid area, but otherwise requires partial shade.

Landscape Uses: Pineapples are used as an accent plant or specimen, in mixed borders and on patio. It also does will in containers, pots, fruits garden and in protected or intimate areas such as courtyards and entrances. In landscaped schemes the fruit rarely reaches commercial size, but still may be processed to provide a ‘home grown’ product.

 

Fresh Pineapple recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of fresh pineapple
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 4-5 torn home grown lettuce
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

 

Method

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Cut slices in half, and set aside. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and the reserved pineapple juice; shake well.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Combine the lettuce, onion slices and pineapple slices in a serving dish. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.