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Largest Pineapple Plantation in the World
Part 6 of a series.
After our sumptuous lunch at Dolefil Clubhouse Kalsangi, we really had no idea where we were headed to next. As we exited the clubhouse, we backtracked through the dirt road we passed through earlier so I thought we were already heading back to General Santos. But to my surprise, we entered another section of dirt road, and this time, the road was more humpy and bumpy, almost like a roller coaster ride and definitely not for those with motion sickness.
The photos that you will be seeing below are all green. Enjoy the freshness!
Rolling hills of pineapple fields.
Before I composed this post, I was actually confused whether I’ll be using Largest or Biggest for the title. With a little help from Google, I learned that while big and large are synonyms, the former was normally used with individual objects (e.g. big picture) while the latter was normally used with collective nouns (e.g. a large country).
Well-landscaped pineapple fields, which look breath-taking when viewed from an airplane descending towards General Santos airport.
I realized that we were actually approaching the direction of Mount Matutum. Are we actually going to climb the mighty mountain? LOL.
Mount Matutum, a dormant volcano, guards the vast pineapple plantation.
It’s harvest time!
At the highest point of the pineapple plantation, the largest in the world at around 20,000 hectares, our vans pulled over.
We were afforded a view of General Santos City and Sarangani Bay from where we parked!
As we disembarked, we appreciated the scenery that unfolded before our eyes.
Welcome to the countryside!
Pineapples against a backdrop of pine trees. It couldn’t get better than that!
While exploring the area, Mr. Domingo Poliquit, an employee of Dolefil explained the “life cycle” of a pineapple and how they are taken care of for that world-class export-worthy harvest.
Mr. Poliquit holding two pineapples, as if carrying a child.
After the short lecture, we were given ample time to explore the fields and even harvest our own pineapple! Gosh, I don’t think I have enough arm power to pull a pineapple, hahaha!
My pineapple. CHOZ!
The SOCCSKSARGEN Experience Tourists took the opportunity to pose for profile-pic-worthy shots amidst the pineapple fields!
A maze of pineapple fields..
So what do you think harvested pineapples are for? For EATING of course! So we handed over our hand-picked pineapples to Mr. Poliquit and he skilfully peeled and sliced each one for us to eat.
Pineapple boats which reminded me of a torogan (traditional Maranao house).
We were all gigglingly excited to taste a pineapple fresh from the field. I eat pineapples but it isn’t really my favorite fruit. But then, when I took my first bite, F*CK, SH*T, sorry for the curse words but that’s how I felt. I was caught off-guard by the mouth-watering goodness of the pineapple. It was soooo good, sweet, tangy and juicy, my mouth demanded for more! My goodness, we probably spent quite a while enjoying the best-tasting pineapples ever! We probably had a pineapple overdose!
But as they say, good things always come to an end. We had to follow a schedule and leave the bountiful fields for our next agenda for the day. I will surely come back soon for another round of pineapple overdose…
(…to be continued)