If a sweet, juicy, yellow pineapple has any flaws, it’s only the inedible core and the achy feeling you get in your mouth after consuming too much of the fruit. In both cases, bromelain is the culprit. The enzyme is responsible for irritating the mouth, and the highest amounts of it are found in the pineapple’s core.
However, these issues are nonexistent in the sugarloaf pineapple, a fruit so sweet that even the core can be eaten. Its flesh is white instead of the sunny color more closely associated with fruit. The sugarloaf grows abundantly in Hawaii, but also appears in South America and West Africa.
Since the sugarloaf is considered an exotic fruit, be prepared for a hefty price tag. One pineapple costs about $25.
Need to Know
If you live in the continental United States, you can still find the sugarloaf—albeit in a different form. The Lakeside restaurant at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas serves up a decadent sugarloaf pineapple upside-down cake.
Where to Try It
Banana Joe's Fruit Stand5-2719 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, Hawaii, 96754, United States
This roadside stand sells local fruits and fruit-based smoothies.
Kuku`iula Gourmet Farmers Market2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States
Vendors sell whole and pre-cut sugarloaf at this market every Wednesday, from 3:30pm to 6pm.