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25 January 2013

Pineapples through a moving window

Dole Food Company, the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, is headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The company has operations in 90 countries, my home country, the Philippines included. A drive from General Santos City to Tupi, a town known as the fruit basket of Mindanao, (international word association: Osama bin Ladin's al Qaeda) would give you pineapples as your major sight during the travel.
Dole Philippines, with offices in Polomolok, is the 3rd largest producer of pineapples globally.

These are private fruit growers putting up shop along the highway. They are also selling some Dole pineapples. Right behind these shops is Dole's vast pineapple plantation. This was one of those yearly trips home when we made a stop (from the GSC airport) at these shops to buy supersweet MG3 pineapples, bananas, jackfruit, guyabano, lanzones, mangoes, avocados, and other tropical fruits.


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13 comments:

  1. I don't recognize some of those fruits, but I'd surely buy some of those pineapples.

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  2. I'm with Wendy and some of those pineapples look gigantic to me. Or do we just get the small ones here?

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  3. Pineapples are one of my favourite fruits and a banana a day is part of my routine. There were some bananas in the prompt photo too.

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  4. What incredible pictures, featuring such a wide variety of fruits. I didn't know that info about Dole or Hawaii. Thanks!

    Kathy M.

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  5. I didn't realize that Dole's main office was right here in Southern California. Wonder why it's not in Hawaii.
    Nancy

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  6. All those fruits sound mouthwatering. I don't what MG3 pineapples are. but the name reminds me of military weapons and grenades!

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  7. I learnt a factoid about pineapples from Alan Davies on QI the other night that I don't even want to repeat here, so you'll have to go and look it up for yourself.

    We get plenty of Dole pineapples and bananas here.

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  8. Those are certainly huge pineapples.They are another fruit that is really good for you.

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  9. Delicious! I could just chop up a pineapple right now. I haven't heard of some of the exotic fruit you mention so I will have to Google for them. Lovely pics of the stalls overflowing with fruit :-) Jo

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  10. Many years ago, Dole had huge plantations in Hawaii, on Oahu. They had pineapples as far as the eye could see. Up the road were sugar plantations owned by C&H. My dad had the pleasure of calling on these places to inspect their machinery for the pressing process. Sadly, Hawaii's main revenue today is tourism and the plantations are not so vast. C&H sugar doesn't play their little jingle "from Hawaii, growing in the sun" any more because they don't get all their sugar there. sigh...how times change.

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  11. So much beautiful fruit available from the roadside. I love shopping at Farmer's markets and fruit stands. Everything seems to taste better.

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  12. Pineapples really are the most bizarre fruit when you think about it. How can something that looks so strange taste so good.

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  13. Wow, what an amazing photo! Pineapples are very good for us- but here in America people have statues and other things decorated in the shape of a pineapple for good luck!

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