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Twitter Rips Dole Sunshine For Their Unusual Take On A ‘Jerk Chicken’ Recipe

It’s 2018, and consumers now DEMAND regional authenticity in their food. So if you’re gonna post something like, say, a Jamaican jerk chicken recipe, you better come correct. AKA, don’t do what Dole Sunshine just did to Jamaica’s iconic dish.

Dole’s packaged foods division recently posted their take on “Caribbean Style Jerk Chicken” that has the internet either horrified or laughing. The recipe, which features ingredients like pineapple juice, golden raisins, and bananas, was a far cry from how the dish is traditionally made. Everything from allspice to spicy Scotch bonnets peppers, and even salt was missing.

In light of the desecration of this traditional dish, the Internet banded together to call Dole out with a generous pinch of savagery.

Popular cultural blogger The Love Life of an Asian Guy also shared the recipe to his Facebook page, where the brutality of the responses only intensified.

None was as gut-busting, however, as this Twitter user’s incorporation of Chadwick Boseman on SNL.

Dole has since responded to the travesty, saying they are working with the Sunshine team to “correct the recipe.” Hopefully, the next version at least includes some salt.

UPDATE (June 1st, 2018): Dole Sunshine has since removed the “jerk chicken” recipe from their website.

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Pink Pineapples Are Real Now, Here’s How They Get Their Color

At the end of last year, the FDA approved Del Monte’s “pink pineapple” in regards to safety when being consumed and ability to sell in the United States. While nobody had seen one of the pineapples as of yet, pictures have begun to circulate on the Internet recently as test crops of the new pineapple are being grown on plantations of both Dole and Del Monte in Hawaii and Costa Rica.

Everyone knows by now that this pineapple has been genetically modified to obtain its pink color and sweetness, but how that engineering was actually done is a bit of a mystery. Based on Del Monte’s initial patent for what they called the “Rose Gold” pineapple, here’s what’s actually being done to the pineapple to make it pink.

When young, pineapple fruits produce a lot of a pigment called lycopene, which is also responsible for the red color in your tomatoes. As the fruit matures, that lycopene is converted by enzymes, or proteins that cause reactions, that are naturally found within the pineapple into yellow carotenoids that give the fruit the yellow color we’re accustomed to and also add some acidity to its flavor profile.

In this particular variant, Del Monte was able to simply suppress the genes responsible for developing those enzymes and preventing lycopene’s conversion. While it doesn’t fully inhibit conversion, the modification is enough to develop the pink color in the fruit and make the fruit a little sweeter in the process.

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Other genetic modifications were also performed in the Rose pineapple. A tangerine gene was spliced in to decrease the levels of another enzyme, bromelain, that makes some people allergic to pineapple. Additionally, a potato gene was added to decrease the flowering of pineapples, thereby increasing the yield of this pink pineapple.

All of these genetic modifications result in a vibrant, safe, and tasty new pineapple that I’m definitely eager to try out. While there’s no timetable for when these will hit markets yet, the pictures of these fruits growing and thriving are a good sign that they’ll be available sooner rather than later.

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Here’s Absolutely Everything You Can’t Eat If You Boycott Pepsi

People got a little pissed at Pepsi’s Diet Woke commercial, where Kendall Jenner brought about world peace with nothing more than a sexy walk and a can of Pepsi.

While boycotting Kendall Jenner is easy, things get a little more complicated should you decide to boycott Pepsi.

PepsiCo’s reach is pretty deep and they own products that you probably wouldn’t even think were associated with the brand.

Let’s start with the big names such as Pepsi-Cola, Lay’s, Tropicana, Quaker, and Gatorade. All of these brands are global and household names that are all owned by PepsiCo.

Let’s dig into Yum Brands, which isn’t owned by Pepsi, but has a lifetime contract to carry Pepsi products. That’s why every time you walk into KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or Long John Silver’s, they are exclusive Pepsi drink slangers.

Then they have the “Good for You” division, with brands that they deem healthier alternatives. These brands consist of several favorites such as Kevita, Naked Juice, Sabra Hummus, Aquafina, and Sunbites.

Then we get a little deeper with the “Better for You” PepsiCo division, with healthy-ish brands such as SoBe, Stacy’s Peta Chips, Alvalle Juice, Grain Waves Chips, and Propel Water.

The “Fun for You” division has a lot of notable names such as Cheetos, Doritos, Mtn Dew, Fritos, Tostitos, and the most unlikely item of all, the Starbucks Ready-to-Go beverages.

That’s a lot of brands to memorize. Even if you tried your hardest, you’d probably accidentally eat or drink something Pepsi related. It’s not impossible though, and if that commercial really pissed you off, give it a shot, player.

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Major Spinach Brand Issues Recall Over Salmonella Risk

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It seems more and more items are falling victim to possible salmonella contamination. The latest to be recalled is bagged spinach produced by Dole.

Dole Fresh Vegetables are recalling some bags of greens that were wold in Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture tested a sample of the spinach and it came out positive for salmonella, Consumerist reports. While Dole says they had no knowledge of the illness, they’re issuing a voluntary recall of the product.

If you bought a bag with an “Enjoy By” date of Oct. (product codes A27409B or A27409A) don’t eat it and throw it out.

Luckily, there have been no reports of illness from consumers.

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Dole Japan Selling Fancy $6 Bananas Because Reasons


Americans go gluten free without knowing what gluten is, and it turns out Japanese people buy $6 bananas because they’re grown 500 meters above sea level.

Dubbed “Gokusen” bananas (“goku” meaning extreme and “sen” meaning compilation), these Dole-produced specimen were cultivated from “over 100” different types of bananas, resulting in fruit that’s “36.5% sweeter, 33.4% more fragrant,” and “40%” better textured than regular bananas, according to Rocket News.

Though Gokusen have technically been available since 2009, Dole decided to sell 59 of their fancy shmancy ‘nanners in honor of fake food holiday Gokusen Day on May 9 (since “go” and “ku” can also mean five and nine). For 590 yen, hardcore banana lovers could buy their very own specially boxed, serial number-etched, limited edition Gokusen banana at the Takashimaya Department Store in Shinjuku, Japan. Because that just seems like an excellent use of 6 bucks and a Friday afternoon.

H/T Dole Japan