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St. John Flora: Pineapples

pineapple flower
the first pineapple flowers emerge

St. John pineapple fieldI’ve been cultivating pineapple slips in my garden, not only because they produce a deliciously sweet fruit, but also out of frustration with iguanas. It seemed that every time I started an edible plant an iguana would discover it even as a small sprout and finish it off. Pineapple plants, however, are tough and spiny right from the start and not desirable to iguanas and that is how they came to dominate much of the area of the garden.

I know of two ways to propagate pineapples. One is to cut off the crown of a mature fruit and plant it and the other is to plant a slip that comes off a parent pineapple, much like the way bananas are propagated. Grown from the crown, it could take as much as three years to produce a fruit, whereas pineapples grown from slips might bear in less than a year.

Ever since I initiated the pineapple project, I’ve been waiting to see that first sign of the pineapple flower emerging from the center of the plant, and this morning I was rewarded with the first signs that I’ll should have a good pineapple season this summer.

An interesting thing about the pineapple is that it is not one fruit, but rather a cluster of individual flowers that fuse together.

After bananas, the pineapple is the most popularly consumed tropical fruit, with an annual worldwide production of more than 19 million tones (39 billion pounds), but there is a dark side.

Commercial growers on the average use almost 18 pounds of particularly nasty pesticides for every acre devoted to pineapples, which potentially could adversely affect the health of pineapple workers, who are notoriously low paid, as well as contaminating nearby water supplies.

My pineapples are grown without pesticides, but picking them is no picnic as anyone who has ever had a close encounter with that tough spiny plant can testify.

On the good side, pineapples are a great source of viamin C and manganese and are if you get organically grown pineapples, which are available from local farmers here in the Virgin Islands, they are tastier and sweeter than the commercial varieties and potentially provide anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits as well as providing antioxidant protection and immune system support.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 2/1

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
4:30-7:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
hris Klein & the Boulevards
8:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Brunch with Bo
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Jazz
5:00-8:00
340-776-6908

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz Brunch
10:00 am-2:00 pm
340-693-5244

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Mark Wallace
7:00-10:00
340-244-9713

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Chocolate Hole Rocks

chocolate hole rockThe reddish-colored rocks found in the vicinity of Chocolate Hole appear to be made of compressed sand. Often used in native stone walls, they break apart more easily than the harder volcanic rocks found in most other parts of the island.

Dan Boyd let us know that the white rock is called Marl from which gypsum and cement is made.

St. John Events

Broadway comes to St. JohnSt. John School of the Arts presents Motown Madness Angels Dinner & Premier tonight at 6:00

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 1/31

Beach Bar
Joe Moorhead Band
9:00
340-777-4220

Cruz Bay Landing
Erin Hart
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Klein and the Boulevards
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

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A Walk Around Maria Bluff Road

Chocolate Hole - Great Cruz Bay Screenshot
St. John Off The Beaten Track App Screenshot

This scenic and breezy walk leads around Maria Bluff and Blagbalg Point, which separate  Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay. Rising more than 200 feet above sea level, this exhilarating walk provides magnificent views from Ram Head on the east, St. Croix (on a clear day) to the south and  St. Thomas to the west.

St. John southeast coast
view to the east

View from Maria Bluff
view to the south

view towards St. Thomas
view to the west

St. John Events

Broadway comes to St. John
Broadway comes to St. John

St. John School of the Arts presents Motown Madness

Friends and family tonight at the Westin Ballroom 7:00 pm

Angels Dinner & Premier tomorrow at 6:00

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 1/30

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
9:00
340-777-4220

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
8:00
340-201-1236

Concordia
Butter
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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St. John Music Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 1/28

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Bumpin Uglies
8:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Shortcut Margaret Hill Overlook

The Shortcut to the Margaret Hill Overlook

Margaret Hill OverlookThere are two great overlooks on the Caneel and Margaret Hill Trail, one at the top of Caneel Hill and the other near the Margaret Hill summit. Beginning hike at the trail heads involves steep climbs, but there is an easier alternative.

View from Margaret Hill Caneel Margaret Hill Trail Overlook St John USVI overlooks: Margaret Hill

St. John News

Mongoose Fire
Smoke From Mongoose Junction Fire

A fire at Mongoose Junction yesterday afternoon destroyed several businesses and damaged others…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 1/24

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
8:00
340-777-4220

Cruz Bay Landing
Erin Hart
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

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Chocolate Hole Sunrise

St John Virgin Islands Sunrise
Chocolate Hole Sunrise 1/21/2015

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 1/21

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Bumpin Uglies
8:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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