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Yesterday I picked up a little pineapple called piña miel from one of the Hispanic grocers in Salinas, CA. Priced at $1.49 each, I didn't weigh it but it was heavy for its size. Trying it for breakfast , we liked it quite a bit. Fully ripe, sweet as honey as promised with intense flavor and deep yellow-colored flesh bursting with juice. It had a minimum amount of core to discard.

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The store owner said that this is a new variety and has been popular in the month they've been selling it. It's marketed by Jaime Gasperin y Associados S. de P.R. de R. L.

http://pineapplegasperin.com.mx/

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  1. I am not sure they are a new variety... I had my first (that I remember) 17 years ago. Historically, I don't remember really seeing Mexican Pineapples in the market... I bet it has something to do with trade restrictions related to the huge Hawaiin Pineapple conglomerates. Perhaps like avocados from Michoacan.... Pinapple imports may have just opened.

    In any case.... Veracruz produces amazing pineapples and I am glad to see we are finally going to have some choices.

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    1. re: Eat_Nopal

      I saw some imported Mexican pineapples at La Guadalajara Mkt in Grover Beach, CA a month ago. Not labeled Pina Miel, but with tags on them stating origin of Mexico. They were not as exceptionally sweet as I was hoping for but will ask for these honey pineapples by name. Thanks for including the importer info. Will look in Santa Maria today. We love pineapple!

      1. re: toodie jane

        This was quite sweet, and we were impressed by how evenly ripe it was. I bought it at La Esperanza Mercado in Salinas, here's the post,
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407473

        Hope someone who reads Spanish can tell us if the website reveals any more about its origins.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I read the website, and the information is sparse and uninspiring. They've been at it for 50 years; they possess ideal soil and climate; they dedicate their lives to perfect pineapple; they export and sell domestically; "from good seeds comes good fruit," blah, blah. They're located in Veracruz, and there's a map under "Contact us" if you would like to see exactly where.

          1. re: maestra

            Many thanks for the assist, even if the info turned out to be less than illuminating. I went back to the market on Saturday and the little pineapples were marked down to a dollar. Six left in the bin, and the one I took home was just as good and not overripe at all. I hope they keep stocking them.

    2. I went to my local market--La Guadalajara--to look more closely at the labels--they were called (in English) Golden Pineapples. Marketed by Gasparin. I took one home, but it was overripe, even though it wasn't very soft to the touch. bummer.

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      1. re: toodie jane

        This market also had Golden pineapples from Gasparin, but they were twice the size and priced at $1.99 each. They looked like a Maui gold to me, so I went with the little one.

      2. Hi! I'm new in this forum , and even this comment was long ago, I would like to give
        you guys more info about the Piña Miel. First I want to say that I'm from this little town, called Isla known as the "city of the pineapple" and which is where this pineapple comes from. Honestly this pineapple is not the best one. The best pineapple that is grown in Isla is not transported because is really big and heavy and because I guess that by the time it gets to the desired place it would be rotten . Now a days people is planting only the smallest pineapples cause this are the ones they export the most. Before the the most popular and bigger pineapple were "Callena and Esmeralda pineapple".