Wednesday, October 21, 2009



To understand Samoan agriculture and my efforts at trying to encourage gardening, you need to understand why I can buy fresh Del Monte pineapples in Minnesota from Costa Rica for less than I could buy them in Samoa where you just stick a pineapple top in the ground to grow a new plant. But to explain this seeming paradox and my take on the reasons requires more effort to explain than I am willing to do, which in a way is an explanation. Suffice to say, making pineapple jam here is easier, but less gratifying than it was in Samoa.

Pineapple can be used as a meat tenderizer, topically applied as an anti-inflammatory drug, or ingested as an antihelminthic, to get rid of parasitic worms.

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