Fresh Pineapple & Spicy Ginger Sorbet

Fresh pineapple sorbet

With the long days and rising temperatures one thing is for certain; I want to bask in the sun and not bake in the kitchen. When I sit down to the table, I want to cool off.  What’s my trick?  Sorbet!

For now, pineapple is my fruit of choice. Just the perfume of a perfect pineapple transports me to a tropical vacation in paradise; its vibrant, tropical flavor and juiciness makes a delightful sorbet. 

Pineapple Praise

Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B1 & B6, folate and dietary fiber. It is low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. Bromelain, an enzyme found only in pineapples, has been used medicinally since ancient times to help reduce inflammation.

cathy nelson arklePineapple Paradox… Fruit or Fruits?

Pineapples are actually not just one fruit but a composite of many flowers whose individual “fruitlets” fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” which is the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. Pineapple is not, strictly speaking, a fruit. Rather it is 100-200 fruitlets all fused together.

Care And Feeding Of your Pineapple

Put your pineapple in the refrigerator upside down for 30 minutes before you cut it so the sugar that settles at the bottom runs back into the pineapple.

Today’s Recipe:

The pineapple I purchased weighed in at 3lbs. After I cut it into useable pieces, it weighed 1lb. If your pineapple is a different size adjust ingredients to taste.

I prefer my sorbet less sweet so I wanted to kick up the flavor a notch with ginger. It was good, but I wanted more. I added chili powder. It was tasty, but it wasn’t what I was craving. Next I tried chipotle powder, which turned out to be overpowering. Then I tried cayenne powder… nirvana! It was just the right amount of pop to bring out the ginger and compliment the sweet, sweet pineapple.

Fresh Pineapple & Spicy Ginger Sorbet
Recipe type: Dessert
This sorbet is light, sweet - yet spicy, and simple to make.
  • 1 large Dole pineapple, peeled, cored & cut into 2" pieces
  • ½ Teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey or agave syrup
  • ⅛ Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
  2. Taste the puree and adjust sweetness if necessary.
Directions for ice cream maker
  1. Pour into ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Serve immediately (the mixture will be soft), or place in your freezer to harden for an hour or so.
Directions for freezer
  1. Put the mixture in a freezer-safe bowl in the freezer for 3 hours to partially freeze.
  2. Remove it from the freezer, beat it with a whisk until smooth, and return to the freezer, covered, for 4 hours or until firm.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Serves 4

A great way to serve Fresh Pineapple & Spicy Ginger Sorbet is in Spanish Cava or Sparkling Chardonnay Grape Juice.  Just a few scoops will make a refreshing and festive drink.


Fun Facts about Pineapple

  • Pineapples grow slowly, and can take up to two years to reach full size, so we pick and eat them when they are younger & smaller, but if they are left to their own devices they can reach up to 20 lbs.
  • Pineapple canneries use every bit of the pineapple. The skins, core and end portions are used to make a variety of products including vinegar, alcohol and animal food.
  • sponge bob pineapple homeIn the American cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob’s home is a large pineapple. I think this is a perfect example of a pineapple left to its own devices.

I like SpongeBob’s interpretation of “Home, Sweet, Home”.

I personally like my home a bit sweet and juicy too. But that is another story.
… and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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26 Responses to Fresh Pineapple & Spicy Ginger Sorbet

  1. nusrat2010 June 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Good Lord ! How did you create that hypnotically beautiful picture?!
    Loved the ‘fun facts’ at the end of the post 🙂
    And loved the sound of ‘Ginger’, ‘cayenne peppers’ 🙂
    Exotic ! Sexy !

    • cathyarkle June 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      LOL Nusrat! I think I have been motivated by summer!

  2. Cookin Canuck June 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    What an fantastic combination of flavors! It looks as though you nailed the sweet/spicy balance.

    • cathyarkle June 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      Thanks Dara! Coming from you is a true compliment.

  3. cheflouisemellor June 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Whoooooooo lives in a pineapple under the sea ?

  4. Nan June 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh my, I want a bite!!!!!! Now.
    I have been turning my pineapples upside-down for ever and can’t remember why. Now I know!

    • cathyarkle June 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks Nan. Such an easy recipe. I was not familiar with turning the pineapple upside down, but a DOLE representative confirmed it.

      • June 27, 2013 at 9:33 am #

        Charlie always laughs at me for turning the pineapple upside-down, it is a balancing trick. Good to know that it’s worth it. Thanks.

  5. Pamela June 27, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    This looks and so refreshing! The thought of blending ginger, cayenne and pineapple together sounds so yummy!! Your photo just pulls you in and makes you want to grab that spoon.

    What a wonderful recipe to share with us. Thank you, Cathy.

    • ShePaused4Thought June 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Thanks Pamela! I hope you try it. It is perfect for the hot weather we are having.

  6. Alice Muradyan June 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Brilliant!!! What great tidbits you share!… and it looks sooo yummy and creamy!

    • ShePaused4Thought June 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Thanks Alice. I am so glad you enjoy the information. I like doing the research as I find food so fascinating. It is almost Paleo-friendly.

  7. Cheri Cameron Newell June 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Those flavors sound divine!

  8. Lail | With A Spin June 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    A brilliant combination of flavors! Very refreshing for summer.

  9. Natalie || The Devil Wears Parsley July 5, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I think it’s time to bust out the ol’ ice cream maker. I love the spicy/sweet combo going on here!

    • cathyarkle July 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      Natalie, you will love this one. If I were you, double the ginger and cayenne. It is a real kick.

  10. Christina July 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Woman! Are you trying to shame us all with your brilliant concoctions and incredible photography? You are amazing! 😉 CC

    • cathyarkle July 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      LOL Christina. I aspire to cook as amazing as you do.

  11. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry July 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Your photo makes this look so delicious. With the warm weather we’re having, I really need some of this right now. Time to go buy a pineapple…

    • cathyarkle July 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      Thanks Lynne. This dessert is perfect for the hot weather.


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