A pineapple is sweetest at its base. So, if you want to distribute the sweetness of a pineapple (ripe or under-ripe) more evenly, you should store it upside down for a few days. That’s what I’ve read anyway, I’ve not tried it myself. My tongue’s sensitive to fresh pineapple — it gets itchy and then numb — but I do like the taste of pineapple. I’m fond of a Taiwanese pineapple cake that’s made of juicy pineapple paste wrapped in a buttery and crumbly shortbread-like dough, which is now a rather popular tea snack in Japan.
Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia is a flavoured oolong inspired by the Taiwanese pineapple cake.
Steeping 3 g in 200 ml of near boiling water for 2 minutes yields a flavour that’s much like a freshly ripened pineapple. The tea doesn’t carry through much of the sweetness of pineapple or the cake, though. Like the rest of the Lupicia teas, its sweetness is subtle. Rather, it captures the bright, tropical flavour of pineapple, which is enhanced by the fruity notes of oolong and the nuttiness of coconut. It’s a perfect homage to the Taiwanese pineapple cakes and a refreshing tea to drink iced on a summer (or overly warm spring) day.
This bag of Lupicia Pineapple Oolong contained 50 g. The tea originated in Taiwan and was purchased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.