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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.
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• How can I order DOLE Hawaiian Fresh Pineapple?
• Is it possible to use pineapple in gelatin recipes or as a marinade?
• What type of fresh pineapple does Dole sell?
• How do I tell if a DOLE Fresh Pineapple is ripe?
• Can I freeze DOLE Fresh Pineapple?
• How do I slice a whole pineapple?
• How do I select DOLE Bananas?
• What is the best way to store DOLE Bananas and other DOLE Fresh Fruits?
• What can I do if I am unable to find my favorite DOLE Fresh Fruit product?
• Would you please send me (or could I purchase) DOLE banana stickers for my class, children, collection, or myself?

How can I order DOLE Hawaiian Fresh Pineapple? 
Dole contracts with Tropical Fruit Distributors to fulfill mail orders and deliver fresh pineapple to the Honolulu Airport for departing passengers. To order fresh pineapple, please contact:

Tropical Fruit Distributors
Operations Manager
651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 847-3234 phone
(800) 697-9100 toll free for mail orders
(808) 534-4140 fax 

Is it possible to use pineapple in gelatin recipes or as a marinade?
Fresh pineapple cannot be used in gelatin recipes or as a marinade because it has a natural enzyme called "bromelain". The heat process used in canning pineapples destroys this enzyme, allowing canned pineapple to be used in a variety of recipes. Canned pineapple, in fact, works wonderfully well in gelatin recipes or as a marinade. 

What type of fresh pineapple does Dole sell?
When James Dole first began his pineapple company, he experimented with many different varieties of pineapple, known then as "the king of fruit" because of the leafy crown. He ultimately chose Smooth Cayenne, a variety known for its consistent quality. This variety became the industry standard. More than a century later, the Company introduced DOLE Tropical Gold®, an extra sweet pineapple that is grown in the rich soils and ideal climates of Latin America. This popular pineapple is sweet in taste, high in vitamin C and harvested the peak of ripeness, color, aroma and flavor. For more facts about pineapple, visit the Fruit & Vegetable Encyclopedia on Dole's nutrition education web site, dole superkids

How do I tell if a DOLE Fresh Pineapple is ripe?
An old myth is that a pineapple is ripe if you can remove a leaf from the crown. This is untrue because pineapples are picked ripe and ready to eat, after approximately an 18-month growth period. The pineapple color varies with time of year, so color does not indicate ripeness. Look for plump fruit with a fresh aroma at the stem end and store at room temperature. For more ideas about using pineapple, visit Dole's Recipe Central

Can I freeze DOLE Fresh Pineapple?
We do not recommend freezing fresh pineapple because it tends to lose some of its flavor. If you must freeze the pineapple for storage purposes, it can be cut and stored in an airtight plastic bag or container in its juice or syrup for up to 3 months. 

How do I slice a whole pineapple?
To enjoy slices of fresh pineapple, simply twist the crown off the pineapple, cut the shell away from the fruit and slice. Or, to make fresh pineapple chunks, twist the crown off and cut the pineapple in quarters, lengthwise. Trim each end, then cut away the center strip and the fruit (as close to the shell as possible). Cut the quartered fruit into bite size pieces and enjoy!

...or try these more creative techniques:

A Fresh Pineapple Outrigger is a beautiful way to serve fresh pineapple. First, cut the pineapple in quarters, lengthwise, leaving the crown attached to the shell. Next, cut under the center core strip, between the core and the fruit. Leave the core strip attached to the shell at both ends of the strip. Working inward from the sides cut underneath the fruit close to the shell. The object is to remove the fruit from the shell, while leaving the core strip still attached. Remove the loosened fruit from the shell, cut crosswise making wedge shaped chunks. Slide the wedges back into the shell. Spread the wedges to create a zigzag or outrigger effect.

A Fresh Pineapple Boat is festive and fun to make. Start by cutting a pineapple in half, lengthwise, leaving the crown attached to the shell. Remove the fruit by cutting close to the shell with a thin, sharp knife or a curved fruit knife. Cut away the center core strip. Then cut the pineapple, and other fresh fruits like sliced bananas, oranges, apples and grapes, into bite size pieces. Mix all the fresh fruit together in the pineapple shell, sprinkle with coconut and serve! 

How do I select DOLE Bananas?
Choose color according to how you want to use the bananas. Completely green or green-tipped bananas are used for cooking and broiling. Fully yellow colored bananas are great for snacking, salads or topping your cereal. Speckled peel bananas (which have a varying amount of brown spots due to ripening) are perfect for baking, blender drinks or salad dressings. For more ideas about using bananas, visit the Fruit & Vegetable Encyclopedia on Dole's nutrition education web site, dole superkids

What is the best way to store DOLE Bananas?
DOLE Bananas should be stored at room temperature for best quality.

To speed ripening: Place bananas in a loosely closed brown paper bag with an apple. Keep the bag in a warm, dry place. Check daily until ripe.

To slow ripening: Place bananas in your refrigerator. The peel color will darken, but the fruit inside will not ripen as quickly as if it had been left at room temperature.

To freeze: Remove banana from peel and store in airtight plastic bag or container. Bananas can be frozen whole, cut or mashed for future use. Frozen bananas are great to have on hand to blend into your favorite fruit smoothies or other baked goods. 

What can I do if I am unable to find my favorite DOLE Fresh Fruit product?
Every effort is made to provide as wide a selection of DOLE products as possible in stores across the country. If you can't find what you are looking for, it is important to let your store manager know. Ask the manager to see if the product can be obtained from the store's warehouse. If it is not available, this is your opportunity to let the store know you would like to be able to purchase it from them. Although we would like to see all of our products carried by every store, regional preferences vary and, as a result, your favorite product may be available only in certain areas. 

Would you please send me (or could I purchase) Dole banana stickers for my class, children, collection, or myself?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide banana stickers to the many people who request them for a variety of uses and reasons. All of our banana stickers are printed in South and Central America where bananas are grown, harvested, stickered and packed. In addition, stickers (both the regular DOLE logo and those used for special promotions) are ordered to equal the quantity of product that we expect to harvest. Therefore, we do not have extra stickers available to fulfill special requests.