While perusing a farmers market on a recent trip to Kaua'i, we came across the Sugarloaf pineapple stand—the only one at the market with a line. We joined the queue, bought two and became part of the club. We devoured the first in the blink of an eye and were craving more. Part of its magic comes from the fact that it's a pineapple variety so sweet that even the core is tastier than perhaps any other out there. The texture is firm, but smooth and the color—a white, creamy hue—is curious. All together Sugarloaf is entirely unique, and capable of changing the way one views the often tangy fruit.
Raised on a well-loved farm run by Paul and Jude Huber, the exotic fruits (each of which takes 18-24 months to produce) are a treasured source of nutrition and income. Since setting out on their own in 2000, the two have grown over 25,000 Kaua'i Sugarloaf Pineapple plants, which they work on daily. The pair's love for spreading the word of Sugarloaf has helped their online shop flourish. Visit Kaua'i Sugarloaf Pineapple online where you can purchase fresh fruit for $25 a piece (plus shipping). Each pineapple purchased is picked that day to ensure full ripeness, wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped with an information placket. They're expensive and shipping around the world is an indulgence, but these magical fruits are worth the splurge.
Images courtesy of Kaua'i Sugarloaf Pineapple