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June 21, 2021
Our Best Pineapple Strain-Infused Pineapple Tart Recipe—Because Why the Hell Not?

BY CHRISTINA WONG | Baking With Chickens | Photo by Dustin Hughes

Of all the silly "national holidays," we as a society just had to just take it one step further and give pineapples a holiday, didn't we? Well, we did, and it's this Sunday. National Pineapple Day actually started as an inside joke: “Bring Your Pineapple to Work Day” was a company-wide custom at a startup that gained so much popularity that it went viral in 2015. Brands like TopShop, Skyy Vodka—and naturally, Dole—were quick to capitalize on the spiky fruit's made-up holiday, with its dedicated day now on June 27 as International Pineapple Day.

No one knows why pineapples exploded in popularity in the years following. Pineapples in 2017 felt as ubiquitous as mustaches in 2013. People started asking "What's up with all the pineapples?" as we witnessed everything from a gold pineapple decor trend to the questionable "pineapple Christmas tree."

All that aside, pineapple is delicious. From heavenly Dole Whip to the iconic Pineapple Express strain, this sweet, tropical fruit has found its place in pop culture. So just 'cause, why not celebrate this fake holiday with the best pineapple strain-infused pineapple recipe you've ever made? Our pineapple lime tart is easy to make, and tastes like a lemon meringue pie that went on a tropical vacation.


A brief history of the symbolic fruit (and yes, swingers)

During the 1600s whole pineapples were the most expensive and coveted fruit amongst well-to-do society and royalty. Pineapples were even displayed as centerpieces at dinner parties and carvings of pineapples were commonly used to decorate colonial era homes.

It became a status symbol of wealth to have one in your home, a show of privilege if someone had a precious pineapple, and a gesture of generosity if it was served to honored guests—which is how the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality and luxury. These days, an upside-down pineapple by the front door means... there’s a swinger party! Yes, we said swinger party, not swingin' party.

Just how did this South American fruit go from exotic imported delicacy to legendary cannabis strain? Learn more about fascinating history of pineapples including how the spiky fruit became a symbol of Hawaii, hospitality, friendship and... swingers on Every Day is a Food Day: “Feeling Spiky about Pineapple.”

Pineapple weed strains to smoke and infuse

Before you start making your pineapple lime tart recipe, think of your favorite strain to infuse your unsalted butter with. Cannabis strains with pineapple flavors and aromas tend to lean towards Sativa hybrids with Myrcene and Terpinolene terpenes that have uplifting, energetic, happy effects. Popular strains include Pineapple Express, Maui Wowie, Pineapple OG, Pineapple Jack, Tropicana, Pineapple Haze, and Pineapple Punch.

Strains that pair well with the Pineapple Lime Tart recipe below should have tropical notes or pineapple and lime flavors, such as Pineapple OG, Maui Wowie, or Hawaiian Cookies. The funkiness from the infused cannabutter will round out the flavor notes and cut some of the sweetness.


The best damn Pineapple Lime Tart recipe

This sweet, vibrant pineapple meringue tart is like a lemon meringue pie that went on vacation to a tropical island with fancy fruit-topped drinks. Creamy pineapple curd brightened with lime fills a crisp, buttery vanilla bean and rosemary shortbread crust. Easy to make and tastes amazing. Serves 6.

*Infused butter: 30 mg THC total (5mg THC per serving)

Rosemary Vanilla Bean Shortbread Crust 

2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (2 sticks, 226 grams) unsalted infused butter*

1 vanilla bean pod, split and scraped

1/2 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped

Pineapple Lime Curd

1 cup (200g) sugar

1/3 cup (42g) cornstarch

2 large eggs

4 large egg yolks

2 cup pasteurized pineapple juice (not fresh, see note above)

Juice 1 lime 

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoon chilled unsalted infused butter*

Zest from 1 lime


1. Make Shortbread Crust: Preheat oven to 340°F. Add the flour, confectioners sugar, salt, and chopped rosemary to a small bowl and whisk together. Melt the butter, add the vanilla bean to the butter.

Pour the melted butter into the dry ingredients and stir together until thoroughly moistened into a soft dough. Press the dough evenly into a tart pan on the sides first, then the bottom.

Poke the bottom with a fork, freeze for at least 15 minutes so the crust won't slump and shrink when baking. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before removing the tart pan. Set aside. 


2. Make Pineapple Curd: Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan to combine. Add eggs and egg yolks and whisk vigorously, making sure to get into corners of the pan until smooth and pale. Whisk in pineapple and lime juice (lime zest will be added at the end), salt, and water.

Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking often and making sure to get into corners of pan, 8–10 minutes (mixture should be bubbling and thickened). At around minute 4, it will transform from foamy liquid to thick pudding.

Reduce heat and continue to simmer, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes, whisking every minute. Add butter and lime zest to the filling and whisk until melted and fully incorporated. Use an immersion blender if it looks clumpy and you need to smooth out the mixture. 



3. Assemble the Tart: Pour the pineapple curd into the pre-baked and cooled tart shell. Using a spatula, smooth the top of the curd so it’s even in the pan. Refrigerate to cool completely, at least 2 hours. Store refrigerated until ready to decorate and serve. Transfer leftover curd into an airtight container and refrigerate to store for up to 4 weeks. 

4. Decorate: Get creative and garnish the top of the chilled tart with sliced pineapple triangles, raspberries, strawberries, organic edible flowers, and small cannabis leaves. Don't forget to smoke up first to get your creative juices flowing. 


Get lifted with these pineapple products from the MedMen shop

Sonder Space Crystals Pineapple Party 

Kiva Pineapple Habanero Camino Gummies

Keef Pineapple Mocktail Beverage

Heavy Hitters Pineapple Express disposable vape

MedMen Red Pineapple Gummies

Jetty Extracts Pineapple Express PAX Era pod

STIIIZY Pineapple Express disposable vape

WonderBrett Pineapple OG flower

MedMen Red Pineapple Gelato

DomPen Pineapple Coast Disposable

Recipe by Christina Wong. Christina spent over a decade in the food & restaurant industry working with well-known chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles. A creator, baker, and creative consultant, her work won a Clio Cannabis Award in 2020. She bakes infused culinary cannabis creations at Baking With Chickens, and hosts a culinary cannabis cooking show "BAKED With Chickens" on YouTube.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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