However one great effort he made was to bring the suckers of the Bario pineapples to me and to his parents in Sibu. It was not easy to bring a sack or two of pineapple suckers by the small light plane from Bario to Miri!!
Today my Bario pineapples do produce a few if I am faster than the squirrels I get to eat one or two good fruits. The clump of Bario pineapples at the corner of my garden seem to thrive prettily as a hedge if not as a producer of good fruits.
here is one of them which the family enjoyed recently.
The fruit will not turn orange or yellow (so you actually have to watch the fruit very carefully and have it wrapped up with wire netting. Otherwise the squirrels will eat the whole fruit...
When the fruit is of a good size tug at the top leaves. If the leaves come off quite easily the fruit is mature.
If the stump is large like this it means that the fruit is very sweet....Bario pineapple is the sweetest of the pineapples grown in Sarawak. However the down side is that the sugar content in most pineapples (whether sour or not) is so high that diabetics should never eat pineapples. Your sugar level will go rocking high!! And it has happened to me. So now I never even order fresh pineapple juice even as a treat although it is my favourite drink. Have to be safe.
so all these tips I have given to you is called Tribal Knowledge from Sarawak.....if you should choose pineapples in the future these tips would help you select mature and ripe ones. Blessings like good fruits and flowers are to be shared!! Thanks again Andrew.