The Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town is one of the oldest and best known featuring the treasured pineapples of Eleuthera. Now there is much to know about pineapples that you may not be aware of such as needing a year and a half to grow and.. (More below)
This year the festival will be held on June 1-4 in the park on the edge of Gregory Town. If you would like any further information please contact the number on the flyer below.
“The peak year for Bahamian pineapples was in 1892, when nearly 700,000 dozen were exported, valued at almost £60,000. However, by the early 1900s the pineapple industry was in serious decline. By the late 1920s the industry had collapsed.” You can read more HERE on the history of Pineapples in Eleuthera.
The thing that few realize about the Eleuthera Pineapple is that they are far smaller than the commercially grown varieties of today but they are also FAR sweeter. The grocery store offerings they taste like mere water compared to the sweet SugarLoaf pineapples of Eleuthera. They are also grown in fairly high density plots as you can see in the video below.
Another thing that many do not realize is that it takes 18 months for a pineapple to mature. That’s a year and a half that the farmer tends his/her crop all the while having to fertilize and water them as needed. So when you see the price you may have sticker shock but would you do all that, for that period of time for that little money? Probably not and that’s why I personally thank them for what they do and the sweetest pineapples to be found anywhere!
There are also other events that will be happening about the same time such as The Palmetto Point Homecoming and the Deep Creek Conch Festival (see event calendar) so there will surely be plenty to do at this time.