Costa Rican Update:
Overall pineapple production is at reduced levels when compared to previous 2 years in Costa Rica. Previous forecast was for a tight market with limited supplies for majority of 2021.
May is when the farms typically begin seeing increases in harvest due to planned production along with the naturally flowering fruit that starts to arrive early. There is a high probability that there will be less pineapple than typically available in May and through the summer since this harvest timeframe coincides with the global shutdown and uncertainty that started in April 2020, period when farms struggled to stay open with government mandated closures and missed plantings.
Natural floration will occur, and depending on how big of a spike in harvest that we see in June/July, expect a comparable shortage in August/September as the farms recover.
We offer crownless pineapples from Costa Rice. Crownless is considered to be a different standard of fruit. Across all zones, the amount of premium fruit that can pass for crownless standards remains low.
Here at Stella Farms we doubled down during the pandemic and expanded our operations to ensure we have the pineapple that our customers need!
We are very happy at Stella Farms to be working with two amazing pineapple growers from Veracruz, Mexico. This is our 3rd season with both grower partners and each year it grows exponentially.
In addition to the conventional Mexican grown MD2 pineapples for the 2nd year we are offering ORGANIC Mexican pineapple. The amount of effort and commitment from this grower shows in the quality of this organic Pineapple! All the pineapple fields are covered with a shade cloth during and intense days of sun to keep the product from ripening prematurely and allowing the fruit to pick up the sugars to make the eating experience as enjoyable as it be.
We are approaching a production period, Mid June- Mid-August when there is always a significant dip in the amount of pineapple available to be harvested. This phenomenon occurs every year caused mainly by heavy rains, which cause the plants to absorb excessive amounts of water and will cause the formation of the fruit to deteriorate and this fruit cannot be exported to the USA.
We are all very happy at Stella Farms with the quality and commitment to excellence the Mexican pineapple program has grown into and continue to be a value to all our cherished customers.