A school of blue tang comb the reef at Hawksnest Bay
The Virgin Island pineapple is generally smaller than the commercially grown Hawaiian variety.
But, it’s also much sweeter!
The fruit is white rather than yellow and it should really be moved from the category of “fruit” to the “candy” category!
Pineapples can produce seeds if the plant is pollinated, which is usually performed by hummingbirds. Seeds detract from the quality of the fruit (like some other popular plants), so pollination is discouraged. Hawaii, for example, prohibits the importation of hummingbirds.
Our hummingbirds seem to like other flowers better than pineapples, so pollination is rare.
Gardeners here on St. John plant pineapples from slips, which commercial growers call suckers.
Slips that mature the quickest, often the by the next year come from the old palnt after it produces the first pineapple. The slip can be left where it is or cut and replanted elsewhere in the garden.
Slips can also come from the bottom of the fruit, these take a bit longer to flower, usually during the second season.
Ready to Ripen
Sweet, Delicious, White Virgin Islands Pineapple
If you don’t mind a somewhat strenuous uphill climb, or if you appreciate the exercise in a natural environment, the trail to the top of Caneel Hill and beyond, if you like, is a “St. John Off The Beaten Track” highly recommended hike.
There are two ways to do this. You can start at the beginning of the Caneel and Margaret Hill Trail starting from the bottom of the North Shore Road (Route 20) near Mongoose Junction or take the Caneel Hill Spur Trail at the top of the first hill on Route 20. For more information, maps and photos download your St. John Off The Beaten Track App or check out the “Trails” page of the SeeStJohn.com website.
Visitors to St. John often have a Trunk Bay Trail snorkel on the top of their St. John visit bucket list, but to seasoned St. John snorkelers, the Trunk Bay Trail snorkel may not raise a whole lot of enthusiasm, but there really is a lot to see here.
Following are a gallery photos of what I saw on a half-hour early morning snorkel on the underwater trail:
Hawksbill Turtle on the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail
Cruz Bay Landing
4:30 – 6:30
Cruz Bay Landing
6:00 – 9:00