Australians urged to stock up on pineapples

How YOU can help the farmers: Australians are urged to stock up on pineapples after drought delayed the fruit from ripening in time for holidays Drought-affected farmers desperately try to sell off tonnes of the excess fruit Growers in Queensland are shipping off 70,000 pineapples a day to stores Farmers missed out on peak demand for pineapples during the holiday period In a bonus for consumers, pineapples are now cheaper and taste even sweeter  

By Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:42 GMT, 25 January 2020 | Updated: 08:48 GMT, 25 January 2020

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Australians have been encouraged to eat more pineapples this summer as drought-affected farmers desperately try to sell off tonnes of the excess fruit.

Growers in Queensland are shipping off more than 70,000 pineapples a day to stores, after the crippling drought prolonged ripening of the popular fruit.

As a result, farmers missed out on peak demand for pineapples during the holiday period.

'Fruit quality is really good, sweetness is amazing but there are just a lot of pineapples out there,' Tropical Pines sales director Joe Craggs told the ABC. 

Growers in Queensland are shipping off more than 70,000 pineapples a day to stores, after the crippling drought prolonged ripening of the popular fruit

Growers in Queensland are shipping off more than 70,000 pineapples a day to stores, after the crippling drought prolonged ripening of the popular fruit

A fire tore through a farm at Bungandarra west of Yeppoon and destroyed stock and millions of dollars worth of equipment (pictured: burned pineapples on the farm)

A fire tore through a farm at Bungandarra west of Yeppoon and destroyed stock

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