Years ago, we told our American friend, Terry, that we would make some Jamaican pineapple peel drink; he was very eager to taste it. He was really amazed at persons from the islands, he said we didn’t waste anything.
Like most people, Terry normally throw away his pineapple peels, but we keep ours frozen until we have enough peels to make the drink. To make this drink you will need pineapple peels, ginger, and dried pimento seeds (allspice). We didn’t have any ginger, so he willingly rushed to the store to buy us some. In a jiffy, Terry returned from the store, and placed the ginger on the kitchen counter. He then urged us to begin preparing the drink.
When we entered the kitchen, we looked high and low, but couldn’t find the ginger he bought for the drink. When we asked him about it, he only laughed at us; he said the ginger was right in front of our eyes.
We searched to no avail, until Terry pointed it out to us; he bought ginger powder . . . no wonder we couldn’t see it. We should have told him that this drink required ginger roots. This is how we prepare our pineapple peel drink:
- Thoroughly wash the peels of your pineapple and ginger roots.
- Place the pineapple peels into a saucepan/pot and fill with water, covering the peels.
- Chop up the ginger roots and add to the saucepan.
- Bring to boil for approx. 10 minutes.
- Remove from flame and add approx. 12 pimento berries or allspice (optional).
- Cover pot and allow the liquid to rest until cool (usually overnight).
- Strain the liquid, and sweeten to taste.
- You may serve with ice, but the drink is best enjoyed chilled.
When preparing this drink, your kitchen will be filled with one of nicest aromas of pineapple and ginger . . . very soothing and relaxing. The drink is just as good.PS.
We did not make the pineapple peel drink with the ginger powder Terry bought us, so he never did get to taste it at all. Maybe you can still try to make it on your own Terry.