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MarkMcCauley wrote a review Feb. 2020
Stratford, Canada597 contributions71 helpful votes
Who knew the pineapple had such a story? The tour is very brief, but entirely worth it. When I arrived, a tour was in progress, so I poked around the reception area. The host returned only a few minutes later, by which time I had read through the placards. Along with a small family, we viewed three green houses that featured the fruit in different phases of maturity. I was surprised to learn that a Azorean pineapple takes more than two years to fully mature. The tour is free and there are some great gifts to take home. I grabbed pineapple jam and a Pineapple Kima Soda. The plantation is minutes from Ponta Delgada hotels. I found it quite easily with my mobile phone satnav. My questions I forgot to ask; - Does the fruit grow faster or slower in other regions Brazil, Hawaii? - Are the SA pineapple sought after and do they fetch a premium? - Who are your main importers, branded companies and or by country? And lastly, I would like to have sampled the fruit at the plantation, but it was not on offer. Fortunately it was featured on this evenings menu at Tasquinha Vieira.…
Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AnanasSantoAntonio, Gestor at Ananas Santo Antonio
Responded Feb. 17, 2020
Dear Mark, We are very pleased by everything you just said! We would also like to explain to you every question you didn't got answer from. Firstly we do export mainly to Portugal mainland, because right now we are on a process of reestruturing the firm fully and invest as much as possible in marketing, tourism and the most important, our base greenhouses and pineapples. Our pineapples do grow slower than other ones, because we have to create an artificial environment for them, so when ours take more than 2 years to grow fully, for example in africa or SA it takes more or less than e full year to grow them. But also you have to know that we can also grow them in a shorter time, with the help of pesticides, but we only produce biologically, so that's also why it takes longer. The SA pineapples is different from ours nowadays, because we have 150 years of development of a different fruit. We basiclly dont import any fruit, we just sell almost everything on the local market because of reestruture I told you about. We didn't offer any samples because at this time of the year, the fruit isn't as sweet as in the summer, and we have fewer stock, because most of it has been sold in the summer and in the christmas because, we are talking about the king of the fruits and those are the times of the year they are most selled. Anyway, we hope to see you again in the future, and I hope next time you do try our pineapple because if you liked Tasquinha's Vieira one, believe us, our is the best! If you have any more questions please fill free to talk with us, because, we do love to answer our costumers. Thank you!
elindoo wrote a review Nov. 2019
Stuart, Florida2,163 contributions624 helpful votes
I've been to pineapple farms in Hawaii where you see tens of thousands growing in the fields for miles, but this was different, they grow them in green houses. Also found out that these are smaller.
Date of experience: November 2019
lucy wrote a review Oct. 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
nice place to for a quick stop. learn how pineapples grow with a quick guided tour, taste some delicious pineapple, or sample pineapple ice cream. Sweet!
Date of experience: October 2019
Justin P wrote a review Sep. 2019
London, Canada27 contributions20 helpful votes
This is a lovely, quick trip if you want to visit a pinapple plantation. One of the staff members gave us a quick and informative tour and also let us sample some pinapple inside. Drop in and visit!
Date of experience: September 2019
chattyswan wrote a review Sep. 2019
Mariager, Denmark43 contributions4 helpful votes
Enjoyed our walk up from Ponta Delgada up to Ananas Santo Antonio. Was met by a pleasant guy who showed us inside the greenhouses and explained the growing process. We then watched a video about the pineapples. Who knew it takes 2 years to grow a pineapple. You can even eat the core of the pineapple as it is soft. I am used to Del Monte pineapples in a tin where they are in a circle. The Azorean pineapples are 1000% times better. There is a toilet available in the small shop. The tour is free, but there is a ceramic pineapple tip box if you want to leave anything. …
Date of experience: September 2019