European explorers in the mid 17th century named pineapples after pinecones because of their resemblance.
Source: Oxford Dictionaries. Pineapple. Oxford University Press. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/pineapple
Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.
Our pineapples are grown with the help of the precise knowledge of our scientists and the passionate hands of our farmers. The principle cultivation and harvesting of Dole Pineapples are done in the fertile soils of Mindanao, Philippines. With its perfect temperatures and plentiful sunshine all year round, it’s a great place to plant pineapples.
The entire harvest and packing process ensures that the pineapples arrive at their respective markets in their peak condition.
Pineapple seed comes largely from the same fields that recently produced fruit, in the form of crowns removed from fruit utilized in the cannery and from vegetative regrowth produced by the mother plant. These are removed, precisely classified by size, and then planted onto raised beds on land carefully prepared for pineapple production with optimum soil tilth, drainage, and erosion control.
It takes around 16 months for the pineapples to be ready for harvest. During that time the plants are carefully tended by our farmers while they grow to a size where they can produce a desirable fruit. Each plant produces only one fruit during this time period so it is important to take great care to nurture them continuously. Harvesting pineapples is done by hand with the help of specially built boom harvesters. Our hand pickers go through thousands of pineapple fruits, row upon row, choosing the best fruits at the correct level of ripeness. Several harvest rounds are required over 1-2 weeks to ensure that all the fruit is harvested at its peak. A pineapple fruit does not ripen further after being removed from the plant, so Dole expertise in this operation ensures that you the customer receive and enjoy our fruit at its best moment.
After harvesting the pineapples, they are transported to a Dole packhouse in specially designed bins, unloaded with great care and then washed thoroughly to remove any minor dust that might be on the fruit from its time in the open fields. The pineapples are then properly sorted, labelled, boxed, and packed per market. After packing, they are cooled and then transported to Dole’s cold storage facilities at the wharf or container shipping port in refrigerated containers.
At Dole’s cold storage facilities in Davao, the packed pineapples are stored in cool temperatures to maintain their freshness. They are then loaded in refrigerated ships to be distributed to various markets around Asia and the Middle East.