Podcast Episode 168: Bear and Pineapple Burgers and the Interesting History of the Pineapple

Camping food is one of my favorites. I love a poorly roasted hot dog from a stick over the fire. Usually, the middle is not even warm, and the ends are black. 

Served over a cold bun and dressed in lukewarm Hormel chili with a little shredded cheddar cheese on top, maybe a few slivers of onion, and dinner is served. 

I’m not mocking it and am serious when I say I love that meal; however, I have also come to appreciate that camping food is a great opportunity for switching things up and trying out some new recipes.

A little creative planning and some ingredient preparation can lead to some phenomenal camp meals. Some of the best fish dinners I have experienced were foil-wrapped catch-of-the-day trout paired with fresh rosemary or tarragon. The same goes for this pineapple and bear camp burger, which is also very easy to make while camping. The sauce can be prepared at home, so there is no need to take mayonnaise, vinegar, and chipotle peppers on the camping trip. The patties could also be mixed, formed, and packed grill-ready in Ziploc bags and the pineapple comes conveniently canned. 

The rest of the ingredients are easy to pack and quickly cook over the grill.

A little imagination and preparation groundwork at home allows for a gourmet, restaurant-quality burger under the stars. Enjoy!

Read the written version of this recipe as prepared by Lindsey Bartosh

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About Pineapples

Pineapples have played a surprising role in history as not only a food but also a symbol. After hearing this podcast, you may start to notice pineapple symbolism in weird and curious places. 

Let’s get into it. 

To start, let’s discuss what a pineapple is… We all know what one looks like, but where and how do they grow?

Pineapples are in the bromeliad family and grow as a perennial small shrub with tough agave-like leaves, growing about 4 feet tall. Individual scarlet flowers, about 200 on an average plant, form small fruits, which fuse to form multiple fruits. That’s right, every pineapple you see is a collection of 200 individual fruits! Other examples of multiple fruits are figs, breadfruit, and mulberries. Though the main fruit is grown on a short, thick stem, suckers may grow, causing fruit to grow off the sides of the plant. 

The wild pineapple originated not in Hawaii, but in Southern Brazil, near the current border with Paraguay. There, the Tupi people enjoyed the fruit, calling it nanas, or ‘excellent fruit’. The Tupi also used pineapple to ferment a type of wine, create medicines, and even craft poison arrows. 

Tupi and Carib peoples traded and raided, eventually spreading the fruit to the Amazon delta, up through Central America, and into the Caribbean.  

When our favorite guy, Christopher Colombus landed on current-day Guadeloupe in 1493 on his second voyage, he encountered pineapples growing and being eaten by the island’s inhabitants. He took some pineapples with him across the ocean after enslaving and brutalizing the natives there. 

photo credit Wikipedia
photo credit Wikipedia

About Adam Berkelmans:

Adam Berkelmans, also known as The Intrepid Eater, is a passionate ambassador for real food and a proponent of nose-to-tail eating. He spends his time between Hull, Quebec, and a cozy lake house north of Kingston, Ontario. When not cooking, he can be found hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening, reading, traveling, and discovering new ways to find and eat food.

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