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In the late 1800's a plague hit orange trees and most crops were destroyed. Many of the orange growers then tuned to a newly introduced plant in the island the Ananas Champaca or pineapple. The pineapples are grown in very controlled sonditions in glass hothouses. The glass are whitewashed to preserve the heat in so that the plants have the optimal condtions. The water tank is between two glass houses and provided the irrigation to the pieneaples. This was taken in the farm where I spent my summer vacation. The pineapples from this palntation where exported by my aunt's canning factory. Beyond the trees you can see a sliver of ocean. In the late summer sperm wahles can be seen often.

More info on Azores and Pienapples
The plant is common throughout the tropics as a fruit plant. Portuguese explorers took over the name Nana Meant ('delicious fruit') from the Indians. At the end of the 17th century pineapples were grown in European greenhouses for consumption, even in the gardens of Versailles in the reign of Louis XV. Two centuries later greenhouse cultivation vanished in favour of import from the Azores.

The pineapples from Sao Miguel are very sweet have a darker color inside and are dark orange on the outside, and contain almost no acidity. It's almost like eating pinaple flavored candy.

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