These Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles are made easy with just 3 ingredients, utilizing fresh pineapple and fresh strawberries.
June 27th is National Pineapple Day! Celebrate this day by eating as much fresh pineapple as you can! Or you can make something with your pineapple. I suggest you try these strawberry pineapple popsicles, since they are perfect for summery warm weather! Alternately, you can make dinner with pineapple too when you make a Baked Ham with Pineapple. Share your pineapple creation on social media today using the hashtags #NationalPineappleDay, #PineappleDay and #RecipesForHolidays.
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The History of Pineapples:
Pineapple is believed to have originated in the Brazilian rainforests. They were harvested by native tribes, which spread throughout South and Central America.
The pineapple became a symbol of friendship and hospitality. Natives hung the fruit outside of the home entrance to welcome visitors.
When Columbus traveled to the New World in 1493, the Spaniards named the fruit, “piña” because of its resemblance to a pinecone (the English later added “apple” to create “pineapple”). Columbus brought pineapples back to Spain. Queen Isabella was quite fond of this new fruit, and they were eventually grown in greenhouses across Europe.
Pineapple began as a fruit that only the wealthy enjoyed. It eventually became more mainstream as more and more pineapple plantations began producing the fruit.
Stories of a Spanish shipwreck may have brought pineapples to the Big Island of Hawaii in the mid 1520’s.
James Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901, and he was the first to can pineapple to sell commercially.
In 1962, the Hawaiian (pineapple and ham) pizza was invented. Despite the name, it did not come from the US island state of Hawaii either. The pizza was actually created in Canada by a Greek immigrant called Sam Panopoulos. He added a can of pineapple to a ham pizza at his restaurant, not knowing if it would be any good. The sweet and savory flavors of the pizza was a winner.
The majority of the pineapples sold today are grown in Costa Rica (84%). The pineapple business in modern day earns 2,000 million globally.
Only 3 Ingredients needed:
- fresh pineapple
- fresh strawberries
How to make Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles:
The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post.
In the bowl of a food processor, add pineapple, 1/2 cup water and 4 teaspoons sugar; pulse until combined. Divide among the popsicle holders. Cover each folder with foil, and insert the sticks through the foil. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
Clean the food processor bowl, and then add the strawberries, remaining water and sugar to the bowl; pulse until combined. Spoon the strawberry mixture over the frozen pineapple mixture in the molds. Freeze until firm.
To take the popsicles out of the molds, place the popsicle mold upside down and run a little warm water over the bottom. The popsicles should pop right out. Then you can place them in a zip baggie to store in the freezer.
Alternately, you can keep the mold in the freezer and just take out a strawberry pineapple popsicle one at a time as you want to enjoy it!
These are a refreshing and healthy summertime treat. Enjoy!
Fun Facts about Pineapple:
- A pineapple can weigh up to 20 pounds.
- Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C.
- There are three main types of pineapples: cayenne, Spanish and sugarloaf.
- Pineapples do not continue to ripen after they are picked.
- A pineapple plant will only produce one pineapple per season.
- The Hawaiian word for pineapple is “hala kahiki.”
- Jensen Beach, Florida is considered the pineapple capital of the world.
- Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, triggers testosterone production, which can elevate a man’s sex drive.
- 3 cups cubed fresh pineapple
- 1 cup water, divided
- 8 teaspoons sugar, divided
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- In the bowl of a food processor, add pineapple, 1/2 cup water and 4 teaspoons sugar; pulse until combined. Divide among the popsicle holders. Cover each folder with foil, and insert the sticks through the foil. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
- Clean the food processor bowl, and then add the strawberries, remaining water and sugar to the bowl; pulse until combined. Spoon the strawberry mixture over the frozen pineapple mixture in the molds. Freeze until firm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 popsicle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is estimated using a nutrition calculator. It's not likely to be 100% accurate.