Tasty and creative ways to celebrate National Pineapple Day

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Ready to celebrate National Pineapple Day on June 27? While it might be too late to jump on a plane to Hawaii, there are plenty of food experiences that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the couch. Ready to enjoy a slice of that tropical fruit?

Whether it is a sign of hospitality or the sweet gem in a fruit salad, many people are drawn to the pineapple. Although some people can debate the best way to prep that fruit, the reality is that pineapple has the versatility to be enjoyed in both sweet and savory applications.

For people looking to celebrate National Pineapple Day, there are plenty of options to fill that food list. Dole Pineapple has a plethora of recipes that can fill the table. From simple smoothies to grilled fruit, the food ideas balance both the familiar and the innovative.

Although it might be a controversial offering, pineapple on pizza does get people talking about food. Mod Pizza is partnering with Dole Pineapple to invite guests to create the next big pineapple creation.

The traditional Hawaiian pizza, pineapple, tomato sauce, cheese, and either ham or bacon, can be traced back to the 1960s. While some people love the ingredient combinations, others are less enthusiastic. Now it is time to see what other food pairings can balance that tropical fruit.

From some bold spices to piles of vegetables, it will be interesting to see what guests create. Whether or not that special pizza becomes part of food lore remains to be seen. Still, it is a reminder that pizza is a vehicle for culinary creativity.

For people who want to stay a little more in the box, a grilled pineapple dessert can be a fun choice. Koloa Rum suggests brushing pineapple slices with a brown sugar rum marinade. That combination of flavors with the slight char from the grill is quite tasty. Whether eaten on its own, topped with some ice cream, or however people please, it could become a favorite summertime dessert.

Of course, another fun pineapple dessert is the Dole Whip. While many people head to Disney Parks for that frozen delight, the offering is now available in grocery stores. Yes, you can wear your Mickey Ears while enjoying a scoop on the couch.

And, why not enjoy a pineapple beverage to celebrate National Pineapple Day. Langers has traditional pineapple juice as well as other varieties like Pineapple Orange, Pineapple Orange Guava, and Pineapple Passionfruit. Whether enjoyed with a slice, shaken into a cocktail or even transformed into a smoothie, the possibilities are many.

Ready to celebrate National Pineapple Day? Like any national food holiday, it is an excuse to add extra flavor to the table.