Fun and fruity pineapple, banana, and paw paw grower Dole is encouraging Kiwis to spread sunshine for all, take care of themselves and others, and embrace the winter season to celebrate this year’s International Pineapple Day – taking place on Saturday 27th June 2020.

Despite it being the middle of winter, there’s no reason to feel blue this chilly season. Dole encourages Kiwis to create their own tropical vibes and bring sunshine to all – it could be as simple as paying a compliment or buying a bunch of flowers for someone who deserves a pick-me-up.

As part of the day’s celebrations, Dole has teamed up with Auckland donut queen Just Jess Cake Jo to create two limited-edition pineapple donuts, available to purchase via her online store now.

The mouth-watering pineapple donuts are available in two flavours – a Pina Colada round donut dipped in white chocolate ganache and covered in toasted coconut with caramelised pineapple pieces and toasted coconut flakes; and a Pineapple Lump filled donut with chunky spiced pineapple compote, half dipped in dark chocolate and topped with pineapple lump pieces. It’s the easiest way to spread the sunshine this Pineapple Day – order a sweet treat for a work mate, mum, dad, friend or grandparents, or for yourself!

Other easy ways Dole recommends celebrating International Pineapple Day include trying a new type of exercise, such as yoga or dancing; spending time with family and friends; taking up a new hobby; exploring somewhere new on a mini getaway; or trying a yummy new pineapple recipe.

Pineapples are a fantastic source of vitamin C and fibre, making them great for aiding digestion, and contain high levels of manganese, a mineral essential for bone strength, growth and repair – ideal for winter wellness. Pineapples are also the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme that research shows has anti inflammatory properties.

As well as being a delicious and healthy tropical treat, pineapples are also a sustainable snacking choice. Dole’s Tropical Gold Pineapples bear the Rainforest Alliance certification seal, which is awarded to farms, forests, and businesses that meet rigorous environmental and social standards.

Dole New Zealand General Manager Steve Barton says, “Winter can seem dreary and this year, the option to escape on a tropical holiday is not on the cards. However, that’s no reason not to celebrate – we’re hoping to bring some fun and sunshine to the month of June with delicious tropical fruit instead.”

Other winter-warming pineapple recipe ideas include Dole’s Pineapple & Lemongrass Kombucha, filled with gut-friendly probiotics; a decadent yet clean Pineapple Cheesecake created by Chloe Moir Nutrition; and a light and fluffy Pineapple Louise Cake by Laura MacDonald of The Kiwi Country Girl.

To find out more about International Pineapple Day and how you can celebrate, plus be in to win a box of Just Jess Cake Co donuts, visit Dole’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

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