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Culinary Travel — By Susan McKee on June 19, 2010 at 3:55 am
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Dole Pineapple Plantation

Although most of America’s fresh pineapples are no longer grown in Hawaii, visitors can stop by the Dole Pineapple Plantation (map) at 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu to see what it was like before cultivation moved to Southeast Asia.

Didn’t you know? The U.S. isn’t even in the top-ten producers worldwide anymore! Thailand, Philippines, Brazil and China are the main pineapple producers in the world supplying nearly 50 % of the total output, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

But, here on the historic territory where James Drummond Dole first started raising pineapples for U.S. consumption in 1899, you can take a “whistle stop” narrated train tour on the Pineapple Express (pictured) through pineapple fields and learn the history of pineapple cultivation on the Hawaiian islands.

After your ride, take some time to find your way through the Pineapple Garden Maze. It stretches over three acres with nearly two and one-half miles of paths picked through 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants. The self-guided Garden Tour offers a sampling of the agricultural past of the islands, from pineapples to coffee and cacao. And, here’s an insider tip: top off your tour with a Dole Whip, the Plantation Grille’s signature pineapple cooler!

(Photo courtesy of Kai Media and Marketing for Dole Plantation)

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