Queen Tahiti is a variety of pineapple which grows on the Island of Moorea and is the pride of the islanders. Deliciously sweet and juicy, it is perfect for making fresh fruit juice. Here’s the recipe the locals use.
1 small pineapple
1 small mango
150 ml coconut water
8 mint leaves
1 cm ginger
1 small lime or half a lemon
Peel and cut the pineapple and ginger. Peel the mango and cut into cubes.
Put in a blender and add the rinsed mint leaves.
Blend until smooth then add the juice of the lemon and the chilled coconut water.
Mix well, pour into a pitcher and serve with, or without ice.
Want to know how to cut a pineapple without making a mess of it? Look at the eyes! Those dark brown spots that get in your teeth. First cut off the head, then cut out the eyes in a diagonal line and you’ll end up with a pretty spiral.
The Marquesas Islands
Crazy about pineapple
In the Marquesas Islands they have their own way of using a pineapple. The women sprinkle santal powder on the strips of cut eyes and mix them with aromatic plants (ylang ylang, basil, mint, tiare…) to make scented garlands called umuhei. Worn around the neck by both men and women, these garlands are said to have aphrodisiac qualities. Love is in the air !