Shopping at roadside produce stands is popular with locals and our Kauai vacation rental guests. You can buy locally grown foods and flowers at bargain prices.
It’s a good idea to carry small bills and change with you for these impromptu stops. Many stands run on the honor system. You just add up the cost of your purchases and leave the money in a box.
One thing on my list when I stop is a fresh Hawaii pineapple. The white low acid variety is a personal favorite but I like the yellow too. At a roadside stand I’ll pay between $2 and $4 for each one.
There are three things I look for when selecting a pineapple. If it’s hard as a rock I’ll pass. The pineapple needs to have a golden color and fragrant smell.
Tip: Pineapples are on the USDA list of agricultural items permitted to leave Hawaii. As long as there are no bugs, soft spots or holes you can take them home to the mainland. It makes for a perfect souvenir. If the pineapple is going to be a gift, I’ll attach a photo of the stand where it was purchased for the recipient to see.
The photo in this post was taken at a friend’s garden. Pineapples grow easily on Kauai. We save the crown of the pineapple and place on the ground under weed cloth. Two years later it’s ready to harvest.
If you have a favorite Kauai roadside stand or tips on choosing the right pineapple, be sure to leave a comment.