In some cultures around the world, a pineapple is considered a wonderful gift, given as a sign of hospitality. And as a fruit that is sweet, versatile, and easy to grow, the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is truly a gift of nature for anyone to enjoy. Read on to learn how to grow, care for, and consume these wonderful pineapples!
Characteristics of Smooth Cayenne Pineapple
A beautiful Hawaiian pineapple variety, the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is nowhere near as pungent or spicy as its name might suggest! Instead, beneath the cylindrical shape of the pineapple and its jagged skin, you will find bright yellow pineapple flesh that’s among the highest in sugar content of its kind! This kind of pineapple is also high in acid, creating a perfect balance to its sugar levels. Truly a remarkable fruit!
As far as appearance, the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is noteworthy for its deep green, strap-like leaves with blush red tones. This pineapple variety also lacks the sort of woody core that many of its contemporaries are known for, making it an easy pineapple for coring, cutting, and enjoying fresh!
Smooth Cayenne Pineapple Specific
Pineapples are some of the most beloved fruits to use in all manner of dishes, snack trays, and more—and the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is no exception to its class!
Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is raw and cut. It can be enjoyed purely on its own or combined with other fruits in a cold or even creamy fruit salad! This is also a pineapple variety that holds up well to grilling, after which it can be enjoyed fresh off the grill or chopped up into dishes such as a homemade macaroni and cheese casserole.
Due to its high sugar content, Smooth Cayenne Pineapple also makes a great balance in certain savory dishes. It can be combined with ham, bacon, or another pork dish to balance its salty profile, or added to a marinade for chicken or fish to bring a sparkly pop of sweetness to otherwise tame flavors. Grill it on a barbecue with some shrimp for some great flavor pairing!
Another great way to enjoy Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is as a garnish. You can add this pineapple chopped and raw to salsa or sprinkle it on top of yogurt or cottage cheese. It can even be added to chicken or tuna salad for a sweet note to contrast their richness!
Smooth Cayenne Pineapple makes a great addition to baked dishes, as well. Muffins, pineapple upside-down cake, cheesecake, tarts, scones, and more can all benefit from the sweetness this pineapple variety brings to the mix.
Lastly, like many tropical-type fruits, the Smooth Cayenne Profile blends fantastically into smoothies, makes for a perfect sorbet or ice cream base, and can be used to garnish cocktails for a fruity finish your mouth won’t soon forget!
All pineapples—including the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple—are loaded with vitamins and other nutrients your body needs in order to thrive! Two of these for which the pineapple is best known are its generous servings of manganese and Vitamin C when consumed raw; these aid in your body’s immune function, metabolism, and more.
In addition, Smooth Cayenne Pineapple is rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals throughout the body and can help reduce overall inflammation and help you feel your best! They also offer a fantastic boost of Vitamin B, copper, and many other minerals and vitamins that help the body in a variety of ways.
Growing At Home
Growing this pineapple variety is a process as smooth as its namesake! The Smooth Cayenne Pineapple can be grown either in a garden or in a container as a patio or houseplant. As an added bonus, this wonderful pineapple variety is disease-resistant and lower maintenance than some of its contemporaries, making it a great option for gardeners and growers who want as hassle-free a process as possible.
Smooth Cayenne Pineapple plants do best in full sunlight, planted in soil that is well-draining, moist, and full of organic compounds. This plant won’t thrive in sandy or particularly muddy soils, so you will want to ensure you have the proper soil before planting either in a container or directly outdoors!
If you are in a warmer climate that experiences, at most, a super light frost in the wintertime, you can sow your pineapple plant directly in the soil. However, if your location suffers from moderate to harsh winters, you’ll want to plant them in a pot and move them indoors during the colder months. A container of about 10 to 20 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep should start you off well, and as your pineapple plant grows you can transplant it to a larger container.
In order to grow a happy, healthy, fruiting plant, you won’t need a seed—you will need the head of a Smooth Cayenne Pineapple! This pineapple crown will need to be dried for one week, then soaked in water for a while longer. To prevent submerging and drowning the plant, you can slide toothpicks into the stem just far enough to keep them in place.
Place your pineapple plant in a windowsill or other area that receives direct sunlight, but far enough away from the glass so that it doesn’t become too hot or too cold. Rotate out the water every few days and watch for roots to sprout! Once they have matured to a few inches in length, it’s time to plant your pineapple.
When planting, whether in a pot or directly in the soil, make sure that the has a 30% balance of organic matter and that it covers almost to the bottom leaves of the plant. Water your pineapple plant lightly once a week, and fertilize it about three times a year roughly 6 inches away from the base of the plant.
You will notice in time that a stunning flower will develop on your healthy plant. That’s your Smooth Cayenne Pineapple! About six months after the blue flowers bloom, you should have a delicious pineapple to enjoy!
Where To Buy Smooth Cayenne Pineapple
Aside from removing the crown of a Smooth Cayenne Pineapple purchased at a grocery store or other market, you may also find a pineapple plant via Amazon.
Wrapping Up Smooth Cayenne Pineapple
Before you get started growing your Smooth Cayenne Pineapple, be sure to check out our Pineapple page! We have lots of great resources on health benefits of pineapples, how to harvest them, numerous varieties out there, and so much more.
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Renee Dugan is a lifelong writer, professional editor, and lover of all things nature, gardening and the big outdoors.
A Midwest girl who’s been in the garden since she could first hold a hand trowel, Renee’s love of growing things has bloomed into a passion for healthy living, holistic lifestyle, and knowing where our food comes from.
Now a mother and maturing gardener herself, Renee is passionate about channeling everything she knows and continues to learn about gardening into lessons for her son and others. Her excitement for sharing this knowledge is only superseded by her excitement about being able to finally grow her own citrus plants in pots.
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