Pineapple seasoning, yum!
June 15, 2008 11:21 AM   Subscribe

What is that orange seasoning they use in hawaii on pineapples?

I had a friend in college who had transferred from a hawaiian college. He had this orange seasoning which was kinda sweet and savory that he said was used extensively in hawaii on pineapple.

Anyone know what this is? Or what it's comprised of? I would like to try and find it on the internet because it was very good.
posted by jimmy0x52 to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
li hing powder?
posted by harrumph at 12:29 PM on June 15, 2008

Was it li hing powder? I don't think I saw it on fresh pineapple when I was in Hawaii, but it sounds about right from your description (it's sweet and sour and salty).
posted by loop at 12:31 PM on June 15, 2008

If that's it, it's dried plum, and the powder can be sprinkled on any type of dried fruit, gummy candy, or other candies. Even tastes great on popcorn. I miss it very much.

Here's a link to where you can buy some on the internet:
posted by harrumph at 12:42 PM on June 15, 2008

As everyone has mentioned, it's Li Hing Mui powder.

I've lived in Hawaii all my life, and have never seen people put it on fresh pineapple, though. Li Hing gummy bears/worms and lollipops are common though. The fruit thing must be a recent thing, what with pretentious "pacific rim" chefs now using it in almost everything, having run out of novel cultural things to plunder.
posted by melorama at 2:46 PM on June 15, 2008

Looks right - thanks everyone!

As for the pineapple - that's all I've ever had it on. I must try it on other things.
posted by jimmy0x52 at 7:53 PM on June 16, 2008

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